From July 30th – August 4th, veterans from around the country will compete in Orlando, FL at the 38th annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG). The event is co-presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and takes place in a new city every year.
Holly Koester has been in a wheelchair since 1990, but that has never slowed her down. She was the first person in a wheelchair to finish a marathon in all 50 states, was recently inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, and even made it on the front of a Cheerios box!
Holly is positive, determined, and passionate. She was a softball payer in her younger days and decided to give adaptive sports a shot. At first, Holly tried wheelchair basketball and tennis, but it wasn’t the right fit for her. While attending an adaptive sports expo in Texas, Holly had her first exposure to wheelchair racing.
The United States has officially announced the roster for the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) World Championship. Team USA will compete in Sydney, Australia from August 5th-10th against the top 12 teams in the world. Ranked second, the United States will look to avenge a one-point loss to Austraila from the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Over Father’s Day weekend, the USA faced their last big test before the World Championship at the Canada Cup. Team USA competed against five other nations and started off the weekend with a 55-39 win over Denmark. Japan followed up America’s impressive performance with a 67-66 upset over Australia. Day two of round-robin competition setup the medal matches for the final day. Denmark edged out a 57-53 win over Sweeden to claim 5th place. In the next match, Australia took home the bronze medal over Canada.
When asked to sum up his first 2018 Buckeye games in one word, Samuel Johnson of Michigan eloquently stated “WOW”. During a recent visit to the Cleveland VA, Samuel learned of the Buckeye games held April 20 and
April 21, 2018 in Ohio and decided to attend this year’s games. As he accepted his “Spirit of the Games” award, he was deeply humbled and thanked fellow participants for honoring him with the prestigious award. Those who got to know Samuel at this year’s games weren’t surprised he was chosen. Throughout the two-day event, when Samuel wasn’t participating he was cheering on fellow participants and encouraging them to finish with a high five and a big smile.
Come watch some of the top wheelchair athletes from Ohio compete on April 20th and 21st, at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. Sponsored in part by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Buckeye Chapter, the 7th annual Buckeye Wheelchair Games will feature two days of competitions in several different events. MobilityWorks is proud to sponsor some of the athletes who will be competing.