This past weekend was the 2016 Buckeye Wheelchair Games. This is an annual event where local disabled athletes and veterans compete in various sports such as swimming, weight lifting, rifle shooting, bowling, track and field, slalom, billiards, table tennis, and Bocce Ball.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buckeye Chapter (BPVA) is one of 34 chapters of the Washington D.C. based Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). As a Congressionally chartered service organization for veterans, not an agency of the federal government, the BPVA has been assisting veterans with spinal cord injuries or disease, including Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in Ohio since 1972.
SPIRE Institute hosted the BPVA this past weekend in one of our most inspirational events of the year. Local men, women, boys, and girls show their dedication to self-improvement in friendly competition.
The atmosphere is positive and hopes are high. Even when faced with difficult challenges, the athletes persevered. When athletes struggled, the crowd cheered them on even more, supporting them until the very end.
In the face of difficulty and on the brink of forfeit, the athletes gave their all. The smiles on faces and optimism of the crowd made this weekend moving and powerful.
Organizations like the BPVA continue to provide support to these individuals even after the games are over. To find out more about how you can join the cause and help these determined veterans and local athletes, visit the website at http://www.buckeyepva.org.
SPIRE is proud to have hosted this event for the fifth year in a row and wishes to continue supporting the BPVA and its members. SPIRE too offers military and adaptive training through SPIRE Fit. To learn more about how you can train with us, visit our website at http://www.spireinstitute.org/content/military-and-adaptive-events.
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