Paralyzed Veterans’ Association works hard to change the lives of disabled veterans, pushing for improved health care options and benefits, assisting veterans with career options and job searches, and providing education about spinal cord injuries. And the PVA uses several sporting events to promote its cause.
Through the annual U.S. Handcycling National Series, the PVA uses this event to combine able-bodied athletes and those with disabilities in competition, showcasing the courage of participants.
Heading north, the Sadler’s Alaska Challenge is called the Tour de France of wheelchair sports. It’s a 300-mile, eight-stage event — a challenge for any athlete — across some of the most scenic and difficult terrain in North America.
Injured and disabled veterans are increasingly taking part in the PVA Handcycling Program & Grassroots clinics. These events are associated with the Handcycling National Series, along with local Veterans Administration or other adaptive sports programs. Handcycling is explained and introduced, and athletes can explore its fun and challenging opportunities, as well as start preparing for competition.
Athletes from Paralympic development camps, the U.S. Paralympics team, Disabled Sports USA, and the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes participate in learn-to-handcycle camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Spring, Colo. These camps can lead to athletes earning a spot at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
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