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Physically disabled veterans mentor, inspire kids at the National Wheelchair Games

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The largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world—the National Veterans Wheelchair Games—kicked off in Cincinnati, Ohio this week. Over 600 wheelchair bound veteran athletes from across the country compete in 18 different sporting events over the five day event.

The vets say the the games slogan, "life without limits" empowers them to train all year long in preparation for the grueling lineup of events.

Veteran athletes compete in all events against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or age. Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the winners of each event.

The events include, air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field, handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and weightlifting.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are co-hosted by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Games are open to all U.S. military veterans bound to a wheelchair because of a "spinal cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other mobility impairments."

They take a day off from competition for “Kid’s Day" when the vets get the chance to mentor kids in wheelchairs.

The wheelchair games are sponsored by the department of veterans affairs and the paralyzed veterans of America.

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