25th National Veterans’ Wheelchair Games Kid’s Day

Kid’s Day offers local children of all abilities the opportunity to interact and participate in various events with the guidance of national veteran wheelchair athletes.

The event was originally organized to provide an opportunity for local children to learn life lessons from our nation’s veterans. Over the years, it has grown into a wonderful opportunity for competing athletes to mentor children by:

• introducing adaptive sports and recreational activities;

• discussing experiences living with a disability;

• teaching the meaning of service;

• explaining the sacrifices America’s veterans have given for their country;

• presenting demonstrations of wheelchair sports competition.

Since the first Kid’s Day was held in New York City during July 2001, more and more children have participated each year. The cities of Cleveland, Ohio (2002), Long Beach, California, (2003), and St. Louis, Missouri, (2004) have hosted the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and Kid’s Day events since its inception.

Kid’s Day will be held on Thursday, June 30, inside the Minneapolis Convention Center. The day event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Athletes will share stories about their military service, lead participants in the Pledge of Allegiance, direct a rousing cadence session, and demonstrate various stretching exercises. Instructions in such activities as flag folding, table tennis and a modified slalom course will also be given, followed by a lunch with the mentoring athletes. The day’s event will conclude with a closing ceremony where the athletes will present each child with a “Kids Day” medal, presentation photo, and a souvenir bag.

The Kid’s Day evening event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Basketball and Quad Rugby areas where the children will again have the opportunity to meet the wheelchair athletes, watch the athletic competition, ask questions, and receive a Kid’s Day souvenir.

To register for Kid’s Day, please contact Sheila Skipper at sheilas@pva.org or (800) 424-8200 ext. 654. For more information regarding the Games, visit the website at www.wheelchairgames.org.