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Valor Games Far West 2017 returns to Coast Guard Island

Mar 24, 2017
Alameda, CA - The Valor Games Far West is a sport competition for Veterans and active duty service members who have a disability and are eligible for VA healthcare. Dates for the event, part of the national Valor Games series, are June 2-5, 2017. Disabled Veterans and service members will learn adaptive sports techniques and compete at venues on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA. Sports will include archery, biathlon, cycling, field, paratriathlon, powerlifting, rowing (indoor), and swimming. Clinics in the following sports will also be offered: badminton, boccia, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

This is the fifth year of the event and the fourth year in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. Insurance giant USAA returns as the Platinum sponsor and support is also recognized from Bronze sponsors the Sacramento Ability Center and Fremont Police Association.

Grant funding for this event is awarded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant provides lodging and meals at no charge to the event participants. Qualifying athletes include Veterans or active duty service members from any era. Those with the following physical disabilities are eligible to compete: amputation/limb loss; post-traumatic stress; spinal cord injuries; stroke; traumatic brain injuries; visual disabilities and any disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The local organizing committee is Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association, which has provided sport and recreation opportunities to individuals with physical disabilities in the region for more than 40 years. Eight Paralympic Sport Clubs will manage the competitions each day and meet the Veterans in their communities, engaging them for future opportunities to be active throughout the year. The event is designed to be a catalyst for this interaction and ongoing athlete development.

Several local musicians and performers will donate their time and talent to entertain the Veterans at the event. These include: Tony Savo, Paul Damon, The Wally Stoddard Band and Darlyn Pearl.

To learn more about the sports being offered, the athlete registration process and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.valorgamesfarwest.com.

For more information about the Valor Games Far West 2017, please phone (510) 551-3521 or visit publicrelations@fwwaa.org

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Photo caption: Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California is home to Valor Games Far West 2017.


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