Adaptive Sports and Arts - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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01/21/2022
Throwdown with Mike Murphy

Say hello to Mike Murphy (and his cute sidekick). He's putting in the work and representing strong for Texas and 40 other Veterans who registered to compete in the visually-impaired division for the Sports4Vets Throwdown. We are in week two of our adaptive fitness competition. Stick around for more workouts next week and be inspired.

#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets #FridayMotivation #Workout #Crossfit #AdaptiveFitness

Drumroll, please! The results are in for the 2021 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. These are the winners out...
01/21/2022

Drumroll, please! The results are in for the 2021 National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. These are the winners out of 1,956 Veterans who competed at 118 VA medical facilities across the nation.

Take a moment to congratulate ALL of the Veteran artists who submitted entries and shared their beautiful talent. Well done!

Click for the results:https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/2021_NVCAFCompetitionResults.pdf

#Arts4Vets #artists #CreativeArtsFestival
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01/19/2022
Army Veteran Letoi Adams Throwdown

She's won dozens of sports medals and is a Spirit of the Games winner with the National Veterans #WheelchairGames. Her mission now is to show other #Veterans how to conquer fitness in the Sports4Vets Throwdown, an adaptive fitness competition similar to The CrossFit Games.

U.S. Army vet LeToi Adams proves...She Can...Conquer!

Let's go! #VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets #womancrushwednesday

ATTENTION ALL GOLDEN AGE GAMES ATHLETES (and friends in the 50 and over crew). For the first time in history, OPEN REGIS...
01/19/2022

ATTENTION ALL GOLDEN AGE GAMES ATHLETES (and friends in the 50 and over crew). For the first time in history, OPEN REGISTRATION is now offered for the 2022 National Senior Games in Greater Fort Lauderdale, May 10-23. This means anyone 50 and over by December 31, 2021, can register and compete in the 2022 Games without first qualifying*.

This one-time opportunity resulted from disruptions to qualifying games during the pandemic. The registration period ends March 1. Click here: https://nsga.com/2022-national-senior-games-offers-historic-one-time-open-registration-period/

*The National Veterans Golden Age Games is a qualifier for the National Senior Games. All athletes will return to qualifying games in 2022 in order to compete at the 2023 National Senior Games in Pittsburgh. #GoldenAgeGames

ATTENTION ALL GOLDEN AGE GAMES ATHLETES (and friends in the 50 and over crew). For the first time in history, OPEN REGISTRATION is now offered for the 2022 National Senior Games in Greater Fort Lauderdale, May 10-23. This means anyone 50 and over by December 31, 2021, can register and compete in the 2022 Games without first qualifying*.

This one-time opportunity resulted from disruptions to qualifying games during the pandemic. The registration period ends March 1. Click here: https://nsga.com/2022-national-senior-games-offers-historic-one-time-open-registration-period/

*The National Veterans Golden Age Games is a qualifier for the National Senior Games. All athletes will return to qualifying games in 2022 in order to compete at the 2023 National Senior Games in Pittsburgh. #GoldenAgeGames

01/19/2022

Push it to the limits, Sandy! She's built for it. We're here for it. Sandy "Ipo" Valdez, representing VA Palo Alto Health Care System is one of 170 women pushing and showing their strength for the Sports4Vets Throwdown competition. Let's go!
#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets #AdaptiveFitness

Show your support. Join the Throwdown Nation and upload a short  video (under :60 secs) encouraging Veterans competing i...
01/18/2022

Show your support. Join the Throwdown Nation and upload a short video (under :60 secs) encouraging Veterans competing in the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown, a virtual adaptive fitness competition. Your video may be selected for posting on @Sports4Vets social media.

Click for more: https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/throwdown/

#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets

Show your support. Join the Throwdown Nation and upload a short video (under :60 secs) encouraging Veterans competing in the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown, a virtual adaptive fitness competition. Your video may be selected for posting on @Sports4Vets social media.

Click for more: https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/throwdown/

#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets

01/18/2022
Adam Moore Crushing the Throwdown

Strength. Power. Endurance. He’s got it! Adam Moore representing Lexington VA Health Care System is among 450+ strong across the nation who are crushing goals and living fit for the Sports4Vets Throwdown competition.
#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets

On the third Monday in January, our nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. We honor his life and legacy as ...
01/17/2022

On the third Monday in January, our nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. We honor his life and legacy as a civil rights leader.

On the third Monday in January, our nation marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. We honor his life and legacy as a civil rights leader.

01/15/2022

Hey Throwdown Nation! Our friend Logan Aldrige sends his well wishes. Formerly with Adaptive Training Academy, he's now the first adaptive training consultant for Peloton.

You too can join the Throwdown Nation and send a short video to cheer on the 450+ veterans, ages 25 to 89, from coast to coast. They're getting the heart pumping each week for the Sports4Vets Throwdown, a virtual adaptive fitness competition.

Click here to upload your video:
https://veteransaffairs.ent.box.com/f/97a204736c8c47f6b7b0c3fa43e332b3

#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets #AdaptiveFitness

01/14/2022

#FlashbackFriday to some highlights from last year’s 40th National Veterans Wheelchair Games held in New York City. Mark your calendars – registration for the 2022 Wheelchair Games opens on Tuesday, February 1 for the games in Tempe, AZ! #WheelchairGames

@sports4vets @pva1946 @phoenixvahealthcare

Who wants to join the Throwdown Nation? Anyone who loves Veterans and wants to support their fitness journey can. Show t...
01/14/2022

Who wants to join the Throwdown Nation? Anyone who loves Veterans and wants to support their fitness journey can. Show them you've got their backs!

Upload a short video (under :60 secs) encouraging, cheering and supporting Veterans competing in the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown, a virtual adaptive fitness competition. Your video may be selected for posting on @Sports4Vets social media.

Click link to upload your video: https://veteransaffairs.ent.box.com/f/97a204736c8c47f6b7b0c3fa43e332b3

#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets

Who wants to join the Throwdown Nation? Anyone who loves Veterans and wants to support their fitness journey can. Show them you've got their backs!

Upload a short video (under :60 secs) encouraging, cheering and supporting Veterans competing in the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown, a virtual adaptive fitness competition. Your video may be selected for posting on @Sports4Vets social media.

Click link to upload your video: https://veteransaffairs.ent.box.com/f/97a204736c8c47f6b7b0c3fa43e332b3

#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets

01/12/2022
Christina Lafex_Strongest RT.MOV

At the World’s Strongest Woman competition in Ukraine in 2011, where she placed fifth overall, Christina Lafex squatted the back end of a car that weighed more than 500 pounds. Today she is leading the crew of 450+ Veterans from Alaska to Puerto Rico for the 2nd Annual Sports4Vets Throwdown.

We've got air squats, burpees, deadlifts, dips, ground to overheads, rows, shoulder to overheads and sit-ups. Let’s get it in!

#VETSLiveFIT #Sports4Vets #Workout
#Fitness #Crossfit #AdaptiveFitness

01/12/2022
Opening Kickoff Video: 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown

From Alaska to Puerto Rico, and everywhere in between, 450+ Veterans are ready to crush fitness goals for the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown. The virtual adaptive fitness competition kicks off Jan. 12 and runs for three weeks to empower Veterans of all ability levels and ages to live healthier lives though fitness and embrace a sense of a virtual community support system. Take a look and be sure to encourage participants!
#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets

01/11/2022

There's always hope after an injury/life-altering illness. Our @valouisville friends are always in the game, right along with us, to ensure Veterans are exposed to sports and arts rehabilitation. Big shout out to @PGA Hope for partnering.
https://bddy.me/3rcfxPJ
#VetsGolfClinic

Who are we? Wanna know more about our seven national rehab events?National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic – head...
01/11/2022

Who are we? Wanna know more about our seven national rehab events?

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic – headlined by adaptive skiing and snowboarding and featuring other winter adaptive sports, provides high altitude rehabilitation for Veterans with complex physical disabilities such as spinal cord injury, limb loss and traumatic brain injury.

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival – is our largest program and is a culmination of VA-wide talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama and music showcasing Veterans artistic talent and the benefits of therapeutic arts.

National Veterans Golden Age Games – embracing “Fitness for Life” by offering competitive sports for Veterans 55 and older, also this is a qualifier for the National Senior Games, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

National Veterans Wheelchair Games – a flagship program, this is the world’s largest annual wheelchair sports event for Veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations and other central neurological conditions.

National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic - introduces newly injured Veterans to the world of adaptive sports by providing access and experiential learning in surfing, sailing, kayaking, cycling and adaptive fitness.

National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic - an adaptive golf instruction and rehabilitation program for Veterans with visual impairments and other physical disabilities.

An our newest event, Sports4Vets Throwdown - a virtual adaptive fitness competition empowering Veterans of all ability levels and ages to live healthier lives though fitness and embrace a sense of a virtual community support system.

With essential support from Veteran Service Organizations, corporate sponsors, individual donors and community partners, these rehabilitation programs are helping Veterans uncover potential, thrive in their communities and discover what’s next in life.

#Sports4Vets #Arts4Vets #WinterSportsClinic #CreativeArtsFestival #GoldenAgeGames #WheelchairGames #SummerSportsClinic #VetsGolfClinic #VetsLiveFit

https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/

Kudos to our good friends and medical officers Dr. Kenneth Lee and Dr. Michael Uihlein from Milwaukee VA Medical Center ...
01/10/2022
Milwaukee VA doctors publish first book on wheelchair athletes and concussions

Kudos to our good friends and medical officers Dr. Kenneth Lee and Dr. Michael Uihlein from Milwaukee VA Medical Center for always keeping sports medicine at top of mind. Check our their published work on managing concussions for wheelchair athletes.
https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/milwaukee-va-doctors-publish-first-book-on-wheelchair-athletes-and-concussions
#WheelchairGames #GoldenAgeGames #Sports4vets #Concussions

Wheelchair athletes are just as susceptible to concussions as players in traditional sports. Treatment in parasports has been scarce- but doctors at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center are filling that gap in research with a new book about wheelchair athletes and concussions.

Let's get ready to RUMBLE.....It's almost time to kickoff round 2 for the Sports4Vets Throwdown. Week #1Wed., Jan. 12th:...
01/10/2022

Let's get ready to RUMBLE.....It's almost time to kickoff round 2 for the Sports4Vets Throwdown.
Week #1
Wed., Jan. 12th: Kickoff & Workout #1 Released 1 p.m. EST
Thurs. Jan. 13th: Workout #1 Q&A + Pro Tips Live at 6 p.m. EST
Fri., Jan. 14th: Workout #1 Q&A + Pro Tips Live at 2 p.m. EST
Mon. Jan., 17th: Workout #1 Scores Due at 1 p.m. EST
Stay tuned and follow https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/throwdown/ for workouts and other updates.

Let's get ready to RUMBLE.....It's almost time to kickoff round 2 for the Sports4Vets Throwdown.
Week #1
Wed., Jan. 12th: Kickoff & Workout #1 Released 1 p.m. EST
Thurs. Jan. 13th: Workout #1 Q&A + Pro Tips Live at 6 p.m. EST
Fri., Jan. 14th: Workout #1 Q&A + Pro Tips Live at 2 p.m. EST
Mon. Jan., 17th: Workout #1 Scores Due at 1 p.m. EST
Stay tuned and follow https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/throwdown/ for workouts and other updates.

A New Year. And a New You awaits. Today’s the last day to sign up for the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown. It’s back by popul...
01/05/2022

A New Year. And a New You awaits. Today’s the last day to sign up for the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown. It’s back by popular demand for year two but we just need U. All ages and abilities are welcomed. Click here to register for the competition: https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/throwdown/
#veterans #vetslivefit #adaptivefitness #crossfit

A New Year. And a New You awaits. Today’s the last day to sign up for the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown. It’s back by popular demand for year two but we just need U. All ages and abilities are welcomed. Click here to register for the competition: https://www.blogs.va.gov/nvspse/throwdown/
#veterans #vetslivefit #adaptivefitness #crossfit

01/05/2022
2022 NVWG Registration Save the Date2.mp4

Mark your calendars! Registration for the 2022 National Veterans Wheelchair Games will open Tuesday, February 1. Veterans with spinal cord injury, amputations, multiple sclerosis or other neurological conditions can participate in the Wheelchair Games, being held this year in Tempe, AZ, July 7-12.
The Wheelchair Games are proudly co-presented each year by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and @ParalyzedVeterans. This year’s local host is the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Learn more: wheelchairgames.org. #WheelchairGames #Sports4Vets #Veterans

01/04/2022

Say hi to 72 year-old Tom Boland, from @VAMinneapolis, and his buddy Coach who are getting ready for the 2022 Sports4Vets Throwdown coming Jan. 12-31. There’s still time to register by Jan. 5. It’s a simple process to register and will take just a few minutes. All veterans registered for VA health care are eligible to compete. Click below to join the fun with 333+ veterans who’ve already registered: https://bddy.me/3eOphKz
#VetsLiveFit #Sports4Vets #AdaptiveFitness #Exercise #Workout #Veterans

12/31/2021

We persevere. We push through. We pave the way, and we overcome.

Together in service. Together in spirit. Together in triumph.

We will harness our momentum and let the good times roll into the new year with dedication to our country and each other – the way we’ve always done it. Together!

Happy New Year! Let the good times roll in 2022!

Pickleball anyone? Register for a virtual sport training video session on PICKLEBALL, Thursday, December 30, at 3PM EST....
12/28/2021

Pickleball anyone? Register for a virtual sport training video session on PICKLEBALL, Thursday, December 30, at 3PM EST. All NVGAG Veterans, coaches and officials are invited and must register through the virtual platform prior to attending your first session. Click to register: https://nvgag.muvecity.com/room/load/Login?fp=true&returnUrl=rk%2fytRTPBJ8WZJLfCd%2fn1tyJWXDXOG1z
#GoldenAgeGames #Sports4Vets #Pickleball

Pickleball anyone? Register for a virtual sport training video session on PICKLEBALL, Thursday, December 30, at 3PM EST. All NVGAG Veterans, coaches and officials are invited and must register through the virtual platform prior to attending your first session. Click to register: https://nvgag.muvecity.com/room/load/Login?fp=true&returnUrl=rk%2fytRTPBJ8WZJLfCd%2fn1tyJWXDXOG1z
#GoldenAgeGames #Sports4Vets #Pickleball

Reach out to those you care about during the holidays. CDC recommends everyone 16 and up get a COVID-19 vaccine booster ...
12/28/2021

Reach out to those you care about during the holidays. CDC recommends everyone 16 and up get a COVID-19 vaccine booster to stay fully protected. And certain people may not get a strong enough immune response from their first 2 vaccine doses. Veterans, spouses, caregivers — get your booster or extra dose at VA.
https://bddy.me/3qsDDpf

Reach out to those you care about during the holidays. CDC recommends everyone 16 and up get a COVID-19 vaccine booster to stay fully protected. And certain people may not get a strong enough immune response from their first 2 vaccine doses. Veterans, spouses, caregivers — get your booster or extra dose at VA.
https://bddy.me/3qsDDpf

Wishing all our Veterans a joyous holiday season! Enjoy your time with family and friends, and please do so safely. Here...
12/27/2021

Wishing all our Veterans a joyous holiday season! Enjoy your time with family and friends, and please do so safely. Here are some ideas for protecting yourself and all around you during your holiday celebrations.
https://bddy.me/3etCGr8

Wishing all our Veterans a joyous holiday season! Enjoy your time with family and friends, and please do so safely. Here are some ideas for protecting yourself and all around you during your holiday celebrations.
https://bddy.me/3etCGr8

Thanks to our athletes, artists, clinicians, staff, volunteers, sponsors and friends for a great year of adaptive sports...
12/24/2021

Thanks to our athletes, artists, clinicians, staff, volunteers, sponsors and friends for a great year of adaptive sports and creative arts. We wish you a happy and safe holiday season! #VetsLiveFit #WinterSportsClinic #CreativeArtsFestival #GoldenAgeGames #WheelchairGames #SummerSportsClinic #VetsGolfClinic #Sports4Vets #Arts4Vets

Thanks to our athletes, artists, clinicians, staff, volunteers, sponsors and friends for a great year of adaptive sports and creative arts. We wish you a happy and safe holiday season! #VetsLiveFit #WinterSportsClinic #CreativeArtsFestival #GoldenAgeGames #WheelchairGames #SummerSportsClinic #VetsGolfClinic #Sports4Vets #Arts4Vets

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Great show
ImI’m wondering if you have any list of categories or open one?
I have provided inclusive home design services for other organizations supporting the disabled community throughout the U.S. I’m honored and available to help with those in need of adaptable design services
Will a pdf be available so we can see how we actually placed?
So much fun to participate this last week in the at home games. Had a lot of help with the waste paper basket, basket ball game. The grandchildren all took a turn.
Congratulations to all of my fellow NVGAG participants, I also would like to thank my team mate Retired Lt. Colonel Constance Rosser for hanging in there even when strava was not cooperating. Finally I'd like to thank the NVGAG Staff for putting together this at home virtual competition to replace the 2020 Madison NVGAG. Though there were some kinks in the gathering of correct data, the process brought out the best in those of us in Maryland who participated. I look forward to the 2021 NVGAG in Madison. This adjustment reminded me of the expedient methods of surviving during my tour in Vietnam. Sometimes we have to make it work no matter. Just get it done. It could save lives in the long run. I have attached a short video of some of my days leading up to my final 12k race....WELL I COULD NOT GET THE VIDEO ATTACHED...
will I be able to see my videos and pictures I submitted over the weekend. Pasqual Ramirez AKA Pancho
Is the NVGAG At Home Awards Ceremony tomorrow at 6pm EST?
I noticed my time at 12.5 miles, 31:15.
I am interested in competing in the 2021 NVGAG but am confused on location. I heard that the cancelled one for 2020 at Madison would be held in 2021 at Tampa, FL. Then I was told by someone at Madison that the 2021 games would be at Madison. Could someone clarify for me the location? I wanted to do the 2020 NVGAG but missed registration and then COVID-19 cancelled it anyway. Thanks.
https://www.facebook.com/donate/594030371219782/ If 100 people donate $5, I will have reached my goal to help support Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
I tried to find out how to do this and even emailed, and I keep getting emails saying there is still time.