Pittsburgh To Host National Veterans Wheelchair Games

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh will play host to the 31st Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games this summer.

Hundreds of vets from around the world are expected to attend.

Steelers President Art Rooney II and former Steeler Rocky Bleier, a Purple Heart recipient, will be honorary co-chairs.

Organizers for the games held a “Breakfast of Champions” at the Rivers Club to showcase some of the local guys who plan to compete.

“They compete in 17 different sporting events from water events, to sprints, to air rifles, to rugby–each and every one of them has a story and each one of those stories is that they have moved forward, not allowed disability to hold them back,” Bleier said.

But the event needs volunteers and money.

“We still need to raise about another $100,000 to host the kind of games that we’d like to give our veterans here in Pittsburgh,” Dr. Rory Cooper, a competitor, said.

The games take place the first week of August.

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

  • TPM

    This is one of the few events I actually do volunteer work for. TRUE heroes are hard to come by in this day and age.

  • kayla

    I would like to volunteer! Does anyone know who I should contact?

  • db

    Lets see if these HEROS can Draw as many fans as the overpaid athletes. Maybe they can get some people to tailgate in the parking lots. I plan on being there and volunteering my time. Better yet, Why doesn’t the Pittsburgh professional athletes volunteer or donate money to come up with the 100,000 dolars needed to get these games here.

    • G Man

      Yeah, good point db. That puts it in perspective!

    • Tricia LaBar

      Wow DB I love you and your ideas!!!

    • Larry Binger

      It’s not about drawing fans or tailgate in the parking lot, it’s about the sports and the commeradrie. Don’t get me wrong, we would like to see as many folks in the stands as they can hold. The games are free to the public and we would like to see Pittsburgh fill them. Pittsburgh did a great job supporting the NVWG athletes in 1998 and I know they will do it even better this time. Thank you for volunteering, that makes you our HERO. I competed at the first games in Pittsburgh and I can’t wait to do it again. L.Binger – athlete NVWG – from Delaware. See you at the games.

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