Wheelchair games come to Omaha

Omaha is hosting the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair games.  The event is centered around five days of sporting events and activities around Omaha with Qwest Center, UNO’s campus, and Northwest High School hosting events. 
The opening ceremonies are tonight at Qwest Center, with basketball, softball, and soccer among the scheduled events on Saturday.  Sunday is kids day. 
According to the official website the games are “committed to improving the quality of life for veterans with disabilities and fostering better health through sports competition.  While past Games have produced a number of national and world-class champions, the Games also provide opportunities for newly disabled veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes.  Usually, one quarter of the competitors have never before participated in any type of organized wheelchair sports competition.”