The city of Omaha is getting ready for the 28th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games, July 25th through July 29th. Will Ackerman is the Public Affairs Officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Nebraska and Western Iowa and says one day will be devoted to kids. He says this is a great way to introduce kids to the world of adaptive sports and recreation. Kids ages 6 to 16 can participate in competitive t-ball, archery, wheelchair slalom and a number of other events. There will be an awards ceremony at the end of the day for those participating. Ackerman says kids will also learn from mentors so maybe down the road they will want to compete in similar games.
Kids Day activities are free but parents need to register their child by calling 402-995-3358. The special events will take place at Northwest High School in Omaha from 1 to 4 p.m.
More than 500 veterans are expected to arrive in Omaha this week for the games. Athletes are from the U-S, Puerto Rico and Great Britain who have served from World War II to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. There will be seventeen competitive events from hand cycling, basketball, track and field and softball. There will also be exhibition sled hockey. The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and the Great Plains Paralyzed Veterans of America are hosting the 2008 event.