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Carl Morgan

Sport & Recreation Committee Members

Chapter

Alicia Barber

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NATIONAL VETERANS WHEELCHAIR GAMES

NEW YORK 2021

NEW YORK 2021

National Veterans Wheelchair Games 40 Years of Excellence

 

New York City | August 8-13, 2021

The VA New York Harbor Healthcare System is honored to join the National VA and PVA Team to host the 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in New York City in the summer of 2021.  The National Veterans Wheelchair Games poses an excellent opportunity for Veterans and their families to experience the world’s largest stage in New York City.  Look out Big Apple, you are about to be amazed at what our outstanding Veterans can accomplish through adaptive sports!

Registration

Registration for the 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will open in early January 2021. Please check back then for further information.

JOIN USMarch 12, 2021

Subject: Changes to 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

We are less than five months away from the 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair Games and are excited

to celebrate the 40th NVWG in New York City. As planning for the 2021 National Veterans Wheelchair

Games progresses, NVWG leadership from VA and PVA have consulted with New York City health

and business officials regarding local COVID-19 restrictions.

Current projections indicate significant mandates will remain in effect regarding business/event

gatherings in August, and these mandates will impact the NVWG hotels, venues and local restaurant

facilities, etc. As a result, we are making the following changes to the program to support the health and

safety of Veterans, volunteers, staff, stakeholders and families. Our goal was to find a compromise that

will enable us to have an in-person event this summer while supporting those Veterans not wishing to

travel or unable to travel.

The 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games will host in-person competition in New York City and

an at-Home competition during August 7-14, 2021. We are calling this version of the NVWG, the

Hybrid.

Below are important requirements outlining the 40th NVWG:

1. Veterans will attend and participate in the 2021 NVWG in New York City based on their

Classification.


Group One and Group Two will both be limited to 150 Veterans.


Group One includes: Class 1A, 1B, 1C and those Veterans competing in Motor Rally and/or

Power Soccer.

Group Two includes: Class II, III, IV and V Veterans.

2021 NVWGatHOME: All Veterans registered for the 2021 NVWG, including Group 1 and 2.

New 2021 NVWG Program Schedule:

• Aug 6: Arrival – Group One

• Aug 7-9: Athletic Competitions

• Aug 10: Departure for Group One

• Aug 11: Arrival – Group Two

• Aug 12–14: Athletic Competitions

• Aug 15: Departure for Group Two

2. Veterans will schedule their arrivals and departures based on the updated 2021 NVWG Program

Schedule. Due to attendance and capacity limitations, Veterans will not be allowed to schedule

hotel reservations within the NVWG Hotel block outside of their Group dates, and transportation

will not be provided outside those Group dates.


PRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA

NOTE: Coaches may stay for the duration of the 2021 NVWG to support their Team Veterans

attending each Group.

3. NVWG transportation for arrivals and departures will be available from LaGuardia Airport and

Penn Station only. Please disregard previous NVWG documents indicating Newark Airport.

4. Venue capacity/attendance mandates and risk: Children under age 17 will not be allowed to

attend events or NVWG activities.

5. Events offerings include:

GROUP ONE GROUP TWO 2021 NVWGatHOME

9-Ball 9-Ball Adaptive Fitness

Adaptive Fitness Adaptive Fitness Adaptive E-Sports

Boccia Basketball Air Rifle

Disc Golf Boccia Bowling

Field Disc Golf Cycling

Motor Rally Field Powerlifting

Powerlifting Powerlifting Swimming

Power Soccer Slalom Trap Shooting

Slalom Softball

Table Tennis Table Tennis

WC Rugby

*The 5-Event Rule is waived for 2021. Veterans will be able to participate in each event in

their group AND the 2021 NVWGatHOME Events.

6. The 2021 NVWG registration period will be extended to April 30, 2021.

• NVWG Medical Forms are required by June 15, 2021.

• Complete registration must be received to participate in any part of the 2021 NVWG.

7. The COVID-19 Mitigation Plan is being developed and subject to change:

• COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for all participants.

• All Veterans, staff, coaches, etc. attending the 2021 NVWG must provide proof of a negative

COVID-19 test within 3 days of arrival. Details will be provided at a later date.

• 100% COVID screening will be conducted daily. Those screened positive will be isolated,

tested and appropriate steps to support will be provided by the NVWG.

• All participants (Veterans, coaches, staff, etc.) will be required to check in upon entry each

time to buses, sports venues and other NVWG venues.

• Masks will be mandatory and social distancing will be required. Further COVID precautions

for athletic events will be determined prior to each event.

• Additional requirements may be mandated and adequate notification will be provided.

• All requirements may change as CDC guidelines and precautionary measures are updated.


PRESENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA

8. Next steps: If you still plan to participate in the NVWG, in-person, virtually or both, you must

update your current registration information. Please see attached updated Athletes Guide for

further instructions.

9. We are excited to celebrate the 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games with you this summer.

This is a significant milestone! We look forward to working with you this summer and in the

years to come. If you have questions, please email us at David.tostenrude@va.gov or

JenniferP@pva.org or visit wheelchairgames.org/faqs.


Thanks!

Dave Tostenrude Jen Purser

Director, National Veterans Wheelchair Games Senior Associate Director, Sports and Recreation

Department of Veterans Affairs Paralyzed Veterans of America

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