Kickin’ off the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

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Kickin’ off the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair

Army Veteran athlete Sean Johnson winding up for the pitch.

Army Veteran athlete Sean Johnson winding up for the pitch.

By Jennifer Askey
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Philadelphia VA Medical Center has officially started the countdown for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games which will be held in Philadelphia in August 2014. Over 600 Veterans will compete in 17 events throughout the week. The PVAMC team exclaimed that it’s proud that Philadelphia was chosen as the host facility for the Games. The Event guests were honored that the Philly Phever Team came out to support the kick-off event. Each athlete gave a few words describing how excited they were to, not only be a part of the team again, but to be able to share it with all Philadelphians next year. “I never thought my life could change so radically in such a short time,” said Sean Johnson, one Philadelphia Veteran athlete. “The camaraderie that I have experienced has given me courage and confidence in myself.” The theme of the Games is: “Where Heroes Make History,” and Philadelphia VAMC is gearing up for this amazing event! “Hearing our Philly Phever team athletes’ inspiring stories reminds us of why we have agreed to host the Games,” said Bethany Purdue, NVWGs local coordinator. “It is a privilege to be able to play a small part in the history of such an incredible event for the Veterans who have served. These individuals are remarkable, and they deserve our respect and support.” Attendees agreed that the Kick-off event was truly inspiring. “The athletes ignited enthusiasm to help get their fellow Veteran athletes in action,” said Melissa Heinlein, Vice-Chair for Volunteers. The city of Philadelphia and surrounding counties will be able to get involved in this one-of-a-kind event which relies heavily on volunteers. There will be opportunities for all ages, so stay tuned for more information to come.


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