Durham VA Health Care System
North Carolina’s Triangle to host 2014 Valor Games
March 31, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – One hundred veteran and active-duty military will travel to the Triangle to compete in the Valor Games Southeast on May 20 to 22. For the second year, the event will be held at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill; Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University; and in Raleigh. It is hosted by local nonprofit Bridge II Sports.
The Southeast games will kick off the first in four events of the Valor Games series. The Valor Games is an adapted sports competition for ill, injured or wounded service members from across the nation. The mission of Valor Games is to get military reintegrated into their communities through adapted sport. Sports include air rifle, boccia, sitting volleyball, archery, indoor rowing, power lifting, table tennis, cycling and shot put. Skill levels range from novice to advanced. Each event is a sport in the Paralympic Games, an elite international multi-sport competition for athletes with disabilities. The Valor Games Southeast is partnering with U.S. Paralympics, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and local sponsors.
All meals, lodging, local transportation, entertainment and equipment are provided for the athletes. The event is free to participants, and is a wonderful opportunity for the community to band together and honor these individuals. For a full schedule of events, including opportunities for the public to support Valor Games athletes, visit www.valorgamessoutheast.com. Admission to all three days is free to the public. “North Carolinians are so proud of our military veterans, and hosting the Valor Games gives Bridge II Sports another opportunity to serve those who have served us,” said Bridge II Sport’s Executive Director Ashley Thomas.
Founded in 2007, Bridge II Sports is a Durham-based nonprofit that provides opportunities for adults and children with physical disabilities to play team and individual sports throughout North Carolina. In 2012, Bridge II Sports was named the Paralympic Sports Club of the Year by the U.S. Paralympics. Visit www.bridge2sports.org to learn more about the organization and its mission.