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National Veterans Wheelchair Games Newsletters


National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 2, 2011

Telling Your Story

Hometown News lets local newspapers know about your participation and accomplishments in the Games. We prepare individual news releases about any Veteran who completed and signed consent forms and place them, along with a photo, on the Games website where they are available to your hometown media, family and friends.

We hope to have individual releases posted by Thursday; most photos should be online by Friday.

We can never guarantee that media outlets will print the information, but we do our best to make it available to media throughout the country.We also plan to contact local media by email and phone to generate interest in your extraordinary stories and experiences throughout the week.

If you requested a news release, you will receive a copy of it at the end of the week. We also hope to provide each athlete with one printed photograph.

Thank you for allowing us to tell yourcommunity about your participation in the Games this week!


Stop by the HERL area at the convention center to learn more about the labs and to participate in special research projects designed specifically for Veterans at the Games. This week’s research will center on:

  • Evaluating the influence of participating in sports on quality of life.
  • Studying vibration exposure for manual wheelchair users »»seeking feedback on HERL technology through focus groups.
  • Examining the physical activity of manual wheelchair users.
  • Studying fatigue (in hopes of reducing upper-limb injuries).
  • Improving power chair control using a virtual environment.

Read more about HERL.

Check out HERL’s new location (and enjoy some snacks!) during an open house this Thursday, August 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.!

6425 Penn Avenue
Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Word on the Burgh

A daily dose of Pittsburgh

  • City chicken: a combination of breaded veal and pork, skewered and grilled.
  • Worsh: wash
  • Arn: Iron City Beer, a popular beverage.

Take Pittsburgh Home with You!

Stop by Hall A for a souvenir photo with a magnificent city view in the background.

Hours: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.

Getting in the Game

First-timers share their journeys to the Games

Scoba F. Rhodes Jr. traveled to Pittsburgh this week from Long Beach, Calif. The
45-year-old Navy Veteran says he heard about the Games “from doctors, Paralyzed
Veterans members, recreational therapists—basically you have to be living
under a rock to not hear about the Games.” Read more.

Odds and Ends

If you did not get your team assignments at last night, be sure to pick them up this morning at the DLCC hospitality table to verify event details and make sure you’re at the right place at the correct time for your sport. Get more event details.

On the Menu

Tuesday’s Meal Schedule

  • Breakfast: 5:30–9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Get more details.

Dom's Dilemma

Follow 7-year-old Dominic Ruperto as he picks the brains of Games athletes throughout the week.

Question: What should I do to get pumped up for the Games?

Darrell Fisher
Air Force Veteran | Columbia, S.C.
Answer: Growl and scare opponents!
Patrick Terry
Navy Veteran | Union Beach, N.J.
Answer: I think about the spirit of good competition-and how the Games remind me of my service.
Jerry and William Braun
Army Veteran; Army and Marine Veteran | Augusta, Ga.
Answer: You should practice!

When he’s not reporting, Dom, a soon-to-be-third-grader from Verona, Pa., plays wing for the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins sled hockey team.

Award Presentation Schedule

Medal presentations will take place on a special awards stage located in the concourse on the DLCC ’s second floor.

11:00 a.m.

  • Nine-ball (II-III)
  • Slalom (motor hand/ head/chin)

4:00 p.m.

  • Table Tennis (II-III)
  • Nine-ball (IV-V)

8:00 p.m.

  • Slalom (1 B-B-C)

Athletes, come out for an evening of free food and entertainment! Enjoy a taco bar and the classic rock of acoustic guitarist Andy Mangini. Cash bar. You will also have the chance to sign up for a raffle ticket to win one of our prizes!