More than 500 injured, ill, and wounded Veterans have competed in Valor Games Far West since its inaugural year in 2013. Over the past two years, competition was offered in archery, biathlon, cycling, field events and powerlifting. Four Paralympic sports clubs and many fine California organizations that provide adaptive sports contribute the required expertise, coaching, training, equipment and volunteers to make the event a resounding success. The event boasts support from sponsors including Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Rebound, The Independence Fund, Kaiser Permanente, USAA, and Pepsi CO.
In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, Bay Area-based 501(c)(3) non-profit Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association will host the Valor Games Far West, June 11-14, 2020 on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA. This event is for any injured, ill, or wounded Veteran or active duty service member who is eligible for VA healthcare, and lives in the Western Region of the United States. The goal of the Valor Games is to introduce adapted sports to attendees in order to promote ongoing adapted sport participation in their community.
The Valor Games is a sport competition series that is offered regionally to athletes that live west of the Rocky Mountains, to include those in Hawaii. This event is for any injured, ill, or wounded Veteran or active duty service member who is eligible for VA healthcare, and lives in the Western Region of the United States. This event was funded [in part] by a grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which, in partnership with the City of San Jose Therapeutic Recreation Services, develops, promotes, and organizes wheelchair sports and programs for individuals with physical disabilities. It is a sanctioned Chapter of Adaptive Sports, USA (ASUSA). FWWAA was incorporated in 1968, and operates under the guidance of an Executive Board of Directors. FWWAA is recognized by the U.S. Paralympic Committee as Paralympic Sport Club Silicon Valley, and has additional support from the City of San José, Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services.
Over the past five decades, FWWAA has provided thousands of sport opportunities for persons with disabilities. These opportunities include: Recreational sport programs, competitive teams for children and adults in track and field, aquatics, archery, basketball, rugby, tennis and powersoccer. FWWAA has served as host for regional and national competitions including the National Junior Disability Championships, National Wheelchair Basketball Association Final Four, and Paralympic Track and Field Qualifier. Since 1983 FWWAA has run the annual Northern California Junior Sports Camp, a residential, multi-sport camp for 5-21 year-olds with physical disabilities.
This event would not be possible without the incredible support from our volunteers. Volunteers do not need sport specific knowledge or experience with people who have disabilities to volunteer. There are plenty of roles that do not require any special skills. Note that the event takes place on Coast Guard Island, an active military base. As such, everyone accessing the venue is subject to security screening in advance. You will be contacted if this applies. Again, many thanks for your support!
We are grateful for the support of our collaborating Northern California Paralympic Sport Clubs, the National Governing bodies and many California adaptive sports programs that provide expert coaches and equipment as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Island, and our sponsors. Valor Games Far West sponsors help support this event as well as ongoing sport programs for Veterans.
Valor Games Far West
3369 Union Ave
San Jose, CA 95124
Phone: (408) 794-6676
Fax: (408) 559-1203