Kids Day Empowers Children with Disabilities; Part of 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Tampa

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Kids Day will be held Monday, July 15 from 9am to 11am at the Tampa Convention Center. The event introduces local children with disabilities to the world of adaptive sports.

Veteran in  wheelchair hands basketball to child in wheelchair

Veterans work with local children at the annual "Kids Day" event which introduces them to adaptive sports.

During Kids Day, wheelchair athletes mentor local disabled children, introducing them to adaptive sports.

The 13th annual Kids Day event will take place Monday, July 15, as part of the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games taking place in Tampa July 13-18. Kids Day offers children with physical disabilities from the local Tampa area an opportunity to interact with world-class wheelchair athletes competing in this year's National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Under the watchful eyes of the athlete mentors, children will participate in several athletic events including T-Ball, basketball and wheelchair slalom. A special closing ceremony will follow where the athlete mentors will present the children with their own medals for participating in Kids Day. This special event takes place at the Tampa Convention Center, East Hall, 333 Franklin Street, from 9 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 15. It is free and open to the public.

Tampa area children with physical disabilities ages 4 to 14 years old are invited to participate, however advance registration is required. Parents can register their child by contacting Brittany Pesak at Brittany.Pesak(at)va(dot)gov or call (706) 589-1229 or may contact Jason Labonte at Jason.Labonte(at)va(dot)gov or call (727) 365-2505.

The Games are co-presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America co-host the 2013 event locally.

The Public is invited to come out and cheer for the Veterans at any of the Games' 18 medal-awarding sporting events and two exhibition events. For a detailed schedule, visit the national website at

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