VFW TO SUPPORT THIS WEEKEND’S WORKING WOUNDED GAMES
Disabled veterans compete in exercise competition
November 01, 2013
of wounded warriors will once again converge on CrossFit Rubicon in Vienna,
Va., this Saturday for the second annual Working Wounded Games. Hosted in
conjunction with CrossFit Walter Reed and volunteers from other metro area
CrossFit affiliates, the Working Wounded Games brings together veterans with
combat-related disabilities and other adaptive athletes to compete in an
open-style competition that will benefit adaptive exercise programs through the
Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance. The VFW is proud to once again serve as
a sponsor for the event, which leads up to the 238th birthday of the
Marine Corps and Veterans Day.
most severely wounded veterans face significant challenges when they return
from today’s battlefields, but the VFW has seen many times that these
challenges can be overcome simply by empowering a wounded warrior to push him
or herself in ways he or she never thought possible,” said VFW National
Commander Bill Thien. “This is why the VFW is proud to once again support the
Working Wounded Games and the adaptive athletes who will compete this Saturday
in an effort to commission new programs that will help wounded warriors and
other adaptive athletes reclaim their independence and their sense of
accomplishment through physical fitness.”
Working Wounded Games kicks off at 8 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, and is open to the
public. There is no cost to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance,
which offers support to disabled athletes through coaching, mentorship,
community support and facility access. For full details about the Working
Wounded Games, click here.
Washington Office staff will be on hand at CrossFit Rubicon to answer questions
about the advocacy and support services available to veterans through the VFW.
Visit the VFW booth to learn more about how the VFW can help you navigate the
VA claims process, sign up for the VFW’s legislative “Action Corps,” and enter
for a chance to win a VFW “No One Does More For Veterans” drawstring backpack.
Adaptive Athletic Alliance is a non-profit that seeks to facilitate the
reintegration of permanently injured athletes back into both the sporting
community and the local community at large through sport and competitive
efforts like personal training assistance, financial assistance for gym
memberships and competition entrance fees. The Alliance also works to train
adaptive coaches to help facilitate this kind of reintegration.
Walter Reed is a collaboration among several gyms in the Washington Metro Area
with dedicated space at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in
Bethesda, Md., where wounded warriors can learn adaptive exercise techniques as
part of an elective rehabilitation course.
learn more about Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance, click here. To
learn more about CrossFit Walter Reed, click here.
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