Each year, Veteran athletes take the opportunity to mentor disabled children from the local community and to show them that “disability” does not need to equal “disadvantage”.
The 2012 National Veterans Wheelchair Games take place in Richmond on June 25–30, and athletes will mentor local kids with disabilities.
The 12th annual Kids Day event will take place on June 27 as part of the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Kids Day offers children with physical disabilities from the local Richmond area an opportunity to interact with the many athletes competing in the Games. Under the guidance of these experienced athlete mentors, the children will enjoy learning about and participating in adaptive sports activities. This year’s activities are basketball, slalom and t-ball.
Kids Day promotes a fun and active everyday lifestyle to children with physical disabilities while developing important life skills such as teamwork and determination. Veteran athlete mentors will present the children with their own medal for participating in this year’s Kids Day event.
Kids Day is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required for children to participate. For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs on line.