Tom Strang works out five days a week, getting his heart rate up and preparing for the National Veteran’s Wheelchair Games. The 68-year-old Pennsylvania athlete, paralyzed from the waist down after a fall from a balcony 20 years ago, uses the regimen to keep himself healthy and to get ready for the 31st annual games, which will be held in Pittsburgh in August.
“Most people in wheelchairs don’t realize what they can do,” Strang told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
This year, the event — which was started to give Army veterans an opportunity to showcase their athletic talent in several sport, including archery, track and field, basketball and table tennis — is expected to draw nearly 500 veterans as the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world. Each event was designed for competition between veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or neurological problems that might have arisen during their service to the country.
The story of Strang and the other veterans who compete is inspiring.
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