Kids Play at National Veterans Wheelchair Games

National Veterans Wheelchair Games Kids Day

Photos courtesy of National Veterans Wheelchair Games

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is not only about promoting competition about adults with disabilities. The event also sets aside a special day to introduce children with disabilities to the world of adaptive sports.

Children who participated in this year's Kids Day had the opportunity to interact with athletes in the games as well as try three adaptive sports: softball, basketball and wheelchair slalom.

"Kids Day is the highlight of my week, and I wouldn't miss it for the world," says Joey Avellone, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Paralyzed Veterans' member and one of this year's Kids Day mentors. "In addition to showing the kids what adaptive sports are all about, I want to tell the kids about the importance of an education and that they can become anything they want using their brain—that a good education can overcome any physical disability."

National Veterans Wheelchair Games Kids Day

Each child was presented a medal for participating in the event.