TAMPA, Fla - Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn is among the local, state and national dignitaries expected to participate in the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games Kick Off as the Games officially begin at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday, July 13th. More than 650 wheelchair athletes across from the U.S., Great Britain and Puerto Rico have registered and are expected to compete in 18 medal-awarding athletic events and two exhibition events to be held at various venues across the city July 13-18. This is the second time the Games have been held in Florida; Miami hosted them in 1991.
During this special event, several Veterans who are competing in the Games will demonstrate their skills in an adaptive basketball exhibition that pits the wheelchair athletes against a “celebrity” team comprised of leaders from the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and local news media.
WHAT: 30-minute event that officially kicks off the Wheelchair Games
WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 11:30 a.m. to Noon
WHERE: Tampa Bay Times Forum (Patio), 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa
VISUALS: Tampa Bay Children’s Choir will perform; Wheelchair Basketball Exhibition follows presentations by dignitaries
AVAILABLE: Interviews with athletes, coaches, dignitaries
PARKING: Media should park in the Forum’s West Lot, in spaces earmarked for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Please call ahead to ensure your space is reserved. (Map on following page.)
ADVANCE CREDENTIALING AVAILABLE: Please email Karen Collins at Karen.Collins2@va.gov for credential form. Credentials can be picked up during the Kick-Off.
The Games are co-presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America co-host the 2013 event locally. For a detailed schedule of Games events, visit the national website at www.wheelchairgames.va.gov.
Directions from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive: Park in the West Lot, in spaces designated for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
Directions Driving Downtown: Go SOUTH on South Franklin St., LEFT on Old Water Ave., LEFT on S. Florida Ave. Enter Parking Lot on RIGHT. Park in spaces designated for the NVWG.