Games to provide more opportunities for Veterans and service members with physical disabilities to participate in sports at the community level
San Antonio Sports is proud to host the Valor Games Southwest, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee. The games will be held September 24-26 in five sports at three locations around the city.
The Valor Games were established in 2011 by World Sport Chicago in partnership with U.S. Paralympics and Veterans Affairs to provide an introductory sports competition for Veterans and service members with a physical disability and to promote sports at the community level. Due to the success of the 2011 and 2012 Valor Games Midwest, the competition for Veterans and service members with a physical disability has been expanded to three additional regions across the country.
“This is a great way to expose a lot of service members to the world of disabled sports,” said Paralympian Ross Davis, event manager for Valor Games Southwest and director of marketing for San Antonio Sports. “These games will show the opportunities out there for sports and recreation, as well as the transformational power of sport.”
Additional sites include the Valor Games Southeast in Durham, N.C., Valor Games Midwest in Chicago, and the Valor Games Far West in San Jose, Calif. Funding for all four of the competitions is being provided by Veterans Affairs.
Qualifying athletes include veterans or active duty service members from any era. Their physical disabilities may fall into the following categories:
- Amputation/Limb Loss
- Post-traumatic Stress
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Visual Disabilities
- Any disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair
To learn more about the sports being offered in each region, the registration process and volunteer opportunities, please visit the websites below.
May 21-23, Durham, N.C. – www.valorgamessoutheast.com
June TBD, San Jose, Calif. – www.valorgamesfarwest.com
August 12-14, Chicago, Illinois – www.valorgamesmidwest.com
September 24-26, San Antonio, Texas – www.valorgamessouthwest.com