World Sport Chicago is excited to host the fourth annual Valor Games Midwest this August 20-22nd for injured, ill and wounded veterans and active duty service members!
The Valor Games Midwest serves as a regional, introductory competition that provides an opportunity for athletes to compete in field, cycling, rowing, archery and powerlifting.¬† The goal of the event is to bring together veterans and service members of all eras in the spirit of friendly competition and to encourage veterans with disabilities to get involved in adaptive sport programs in their home communities.
Throughout the country, there are countless opportunities for people with physical disabilities to get involved in adaptive sport.¬† This is especially true for veterans with disabilities, as it is a great way to heal physically and emotionally.
In Chicago alone, there are many organizations that provide year-round sport opportunities for veterans including:
- Adaptive Adventures,
- Project Mobility,
- the Chicago Park District,
- the Lincoln Park Boat Club,
- Special Recreation Associations, and
- other veteran support organizations.
These organizations engage veterans with amputation/limb loss, PTSD, spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments and other physical disabilities to improve their lives through sport.¬† Whether it is skiing, cycling, rowing or archery, sport participation can improve self-confidence, foster friendships, increase personal motivation and build a sense of community/team.
Since its creation in 2011, the Valor Games has expanded to locations throughout the country, including California (Valor Games Far West), Texas (Valor Games Southwest) and North Carolina (Valor Games Southeast).¬† These events are critical to recruiting and engaging veterans with disabilities as well as bringing awareness to adaptive sports.¬† We look forward to connecting with even more veterans, active duty service members and veteran sport programs in 2014!
Applications to compete in the Valor Games Midwest 2014 are now being accepted! Qualifying athletes may apply here.