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September 26, 2013

VAMC offers adaptive sports program for vets

The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center has developed a new Adaptive Sports Program for veterans who have physical and visual disabilities.

The program will give them the opportunity to become involved in adaptive sports, outdoor recreation, fitness programs and leisure activities.

Through this program, veterans will be able to re-establish an independent and active lifestyle in their communities and become mentors for other veterans and service members.

On Tuesday and on Oct. 31, the hospital will host an Adaptive Sports Clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. in the hospital auditorium, which will give veterans the opportunity to play table tennis, bocce ball and sitting volleyball with staff members and other veterans.

As part of the Adaptive Sports Program, the hospital has also partnered with The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges in Tulsa, which offers a U.S. Paralympics sports club. Adaptive sport opportunities presently available to participants at the sports club include wheelchair basketball, bocce ball, table tennis, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair curling, weight training and sitting volleyball.

Learn more: www.tulsacenter.org/.

To learn more about VA adaptive sports and national VA-sponsored competitions: www.va.gov/ adaptivesports/.

For information about the JCMVAMC Adaptive Sports Program: Meghan Collins, (918) 577-3874.

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