|[August 12, 2014]
The Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America Recognize The DeGasperis Family Foundation as a Platinum Sponsor of 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed
Veterans of America are proud to announce that The DeGasperis Family
Foundation, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, will serve as a
Platinum Sponsor for the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which
begin today, August 12 through Sunday, August 17 in Philadelphia. The
DeGasperis Family Foundation has generously supported the Games since
1986 and is proud to bring three generations to volunteer at the Games
"The support of our sponsors is vital to putting on an event as large as
the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. We thank The DeGasperis Family
Foundation for coming back year after year to support this important
rehabilitative event for our disabled veterans and for their continued
commitment to our veteran wheelchair athletes," said Al
Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
This marks the 17th year that The DeGasperis Family Foundation will
sponsor he National Veterans Wheelchair Games-the largest annual
wheelchair multi-sports event in the world. The DeGasperis Family
Foundation will also serve as the event host sponsors for the softball
"The DeGasperis Family Foundation is proud and honored to be part of the
34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games," said Siro DeGasperis, founder
of The DeGasperis Foundation.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America,
are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports
competition as a result of spinal
cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other
mobility impairments, and are focused on providing therapeutic, holistic
treatments through adaptive sports. "These Games are empowering veterans
with disabilities to improve their lives through sports and recreation,"
said Dave Tostenrude, Director of the National Veterans Wheelchair
Games. "The athletes return home with the attitude and information of
what they can do, versus, what they cannot."
Veterans at the Wheelchair Games will compete in 18 events: air guns,
archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized
wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball,
swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting. This
year's Wheelchair Games will also feature an exhibition of wheelchair
lacrosse. Athletes compete in all events against others with similar
athletic ability, competitive experience or age. For more information
about the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games, please visit www.wheelchairgames.org.
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously
injured American heroes from the "Greatest Generation" of World War II.
They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they
faced back in the 1940s - from a medical community not ready to treat
them to an inaccessible world. For more than 68 years, Paralyzed
Veterans' national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have
been making America a better place for all veterans and people with
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans
Sports Programs & Special Events is the recognized world leader in
rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA
promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive
sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA's
adaptive sports programs and partnerships at www.va.gov/adaptivesports.
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