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National Veterans Wheelchair Games Newsletters

National Veterans Wheelchair Games

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 6, 2011

Departure Notice

All of your bags must have a completed UPS tag to identify your airline. Replacement tags are available at hospitality tables. The bags you plan to check should be set together and ready for pickup inside your room today by 4 p.m.

Hotel staff will only pick up tagged luggage.

Just Call Him Coach

Veteran Paul Welty

After finishing an eight-hour shift on Tuesday, Welty, a Marine Veteran, went down to watch the first round of basketball that night. As he stood on the sidelines, a ball rolled by him. Another one followed. Read more.


Athletes who drove to the Games: We will deliver your specialty chairs back to the hotels starting at 7 p.m. today. We will store them in the Omni’s Three Rivers Room (William Penn level); the Westin’s Washington Room (second floor); and the Marriott’s Marquis A (third floor).

Celebrating a Legendary Week

The city of Pittsburgh has witnessed magic this past week: One athlete after another has pushed through countless obstacles and triumphed, creating memories that will last long after the applause and cheers have faded. Read more.

Word on the Burgh

A daily dose of Pittsburgh

  • Sweeper: vacuum
  • Tahl: towel
  • Grinny: chipmunk

First Timers

Veteran Chandra Gaeth

Surgeries and other obstacles kept Army Veteran Chanda Gaeth, 46, from attending the Games for a time. But this year, the stars aligned for the Fort Hood, Texas, resident. She sees this week as an avenue to a life of more than just doctor’s appointments—and a chance to reconnect with fellow Veterans. Read more.

Odds and Ends

We will hold specialty chairs in a secure area in Hall B. They will be available for pickup one hour before your event. Only athletes or authorized individuals may pick up the chairs (bring valid ID). Be sure to return chairs after your event. Get more event details.

On the Menu

Saturday’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.

Nearing the Finish: Finals Today

As we wrap up this legendary Games week, we have several championships that are sure to thrill spectators and athletes alike. The best of the best will be giving it their all in the softball, basketball, power soccer and quad rugby finals today. Read more.

Award Presentation Schedule

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

11 a.m.

  • Track & Field

5 p.m.

  • Handcycling
  • Motor Rally

These presentations will take place at the event location immediately after it ends:

11 a.m.

  • Softball

2:30 p.m.

  • Power Soccer
  • Basketball (Consolation)

3:30 p.m.

  • Quad Rugby
  • Basketball