San Jose has been selected as one of four sites for the 2013 Valor Games for military veterans and service members with physical disabilities.
San Jose will host the inaugural Valor Games Far West, June 11-13, an event that will include archery, powerlifting, cycling and field events such as shot put and discus throwing. The exact site of the San Jose competition has not yet been announced.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, chose the locations for the competitions.
Registration will be available online March 15 at http://fwwaa.org/valor-games-far-west.html
"World Sport Chicago is thrilled to see the Valor Games movement expanding across the country," said executive director Scott Myers.
The other three competitions will be the Valor Games Midwest in Chicago, the Valor Games Southeast in Durham, N.C., and the Valor Games Southwest in San Antonio, Texas. Funding for all four of the competitions is being provided by Veterans Affairs.
The Valor Games were established in 2011 by World Sport Chicago in partnership with U.S. Paralympics and Veterans Affairs to provide an introductory sports competition for veterans and service members with physical disabilities and to promote community sports.
Qualifying athletes include veterans or active duty service members from any era. Physical disabilities may include lost limbs, post-traumatic stress, spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, visual disabilities and any disability rating from Veterans Affairs.
More information will be available online at: www.valorgamesfarwest.com
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