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The Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America Recognize Comcast and NBCUniversal as a Premier Sponsor of 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games
|By Business Wire
|August 11, 2014 01:11 PM EDT
of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed
Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) are proud to announce that
Comcast and NBCUniversal will serve as a Premier Sponsor for the
upcoming 34th National
Veterans Wheelchair Games, which begin Tuesday, August 12 through
Sunday, August 17 in Philadelphia. In addition to financial support,
Comcast and NBCUniversal are also supporting the Games via a large media
and promotional package that includes regional airtime, digital and
mobile promotions, and usage of local on-air talent at various events
and programs during the Games. The company is also assisting the Games
through a large employee volunteer drive in and around Games events.
“We thank Comcast and NBCUniversal for their generous support of this
important rehabilitative event for our disabled veterans, and we hope to
continue this new partnership for years to come,” said Al
Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The
support of sponsors like Comcast and NBCUniversal is vital to putting on
an event as large as these Games—without them it wouldn’t be possible.”
Comcast will also serve as one of the event host sponsors for the power
soccer and track competitions.
“We are proud to again sponsor the National Veterans Wheelchair Games
and to support these incredible heroes,” said Charisse R. Lillie, vice
president of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and president
of the Comcast Foundation. “This event celebrates the accomplishments of
those who served our nation and sacrificed so much. We applaud the
achievements of these athletes.”
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games, presented annually by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Paralyzed Veterans of America,
are open to all U.S. military veterans who use wheelchairs for sports
competition as a result of spinal
cord injury, certain neurological conditions, amputations or other
mobility impairments, and are focused on providing therapeutic, holistic
treatments through adaptive sports. “These Games are empowering Veterans
with disabilities to improve their lives through sports and recreation,”
said Dave Tostenrude, Director of the National Veterans Wheelchair
Games. “The athletes return home with the attitude and information of
what they can do, versus, what they cannot.”
Veterans at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games will compete in 18
events: air guns, archery, basketball, boccia, bowling, field,
handcycling, a motorized wheelchair rally, nine ball, power soccer, quad
rugby, slalom, softball, swimming, table tennis, track, trapshooting and
weightlifting. This year’s Wheelchair Games will also feature an
exhibition of wheelchair lacrosse. Athletes compete in all events
against others with similar athletic ability, competitive experience or
age. For more information about the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair
Games, please visit. www.pva.org/games.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously
injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II.
They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they
faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat
them to an inaccessible world — and they were the pioneers of wheelchair
sports. For more than 68 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and
its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better
place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)
About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National
Veterans Sports Programs & Special Events:
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of National Veterans
Sports Programs & Special Events is the recognized world leader in
rehabilitative and recreational therapies for disabled Veterans. VA
promotes the rehabilitation of body and spirit by operating adaptive
sports clinics and competitions around the nation. Learn more about VA's
adaptive sports programs and partnerships at www.va.gov/adaptivesports.
About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and
technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and
NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed
Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY
brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal
operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and
Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations,
television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and
Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com
for more information.
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