We’re back in San Diego! The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic is a rehabilitation sports and recreation program which provides hands-on adaptive sports and fitness instruction for military Veterans.

These are Veterans from across the country who have a range of disabilities, including traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, spinal cord injury or loss of limb.

Activities include:

  • Adaptive fitness;
  • Cycling;
  • Kayaking;
  • Sailing;
  • Surfing.

Founded in 2008, the week-long clinic hosts up to 150 Veterans from across the country, with the fundamental purpose of providing early intervention for those battling injury.

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New ways to improve independence and have a healthier lifestyle

The clinic complements therapy Veterans receive in daily rehabilitation programs at VA facilities across the country. It offers an opportunity to learn adaptive sports to discover new ways to gain motivation, improve independence and achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic, now in its 15th year, takes place annually in San Diego, California. It’s hosted by VA San Diego Healthcare System in collaboration with presenting sponsor, Wounded Warrior Project and founding sponsor Veterans Canteen Service.

Other hosts include corporate and community organizations who value the role adaptive sports plays in helping Veterans reach new goals.

Disability is not an obstacle to an active rewarding life

VA is committed to improving the quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. Participants will develop sports skills and take part in a variety of adaptive sports workshops. Clinic participation demonstrates that having a physical or visual disability is not an obstacle to an active, rewarding life.

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic and is honored to work with VA to support Veterans on their journey to fitness and rehabilitation through sports. Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families and caregivers, helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more.

Veterans Canteen Service (VCS)

As a self-sustaining entity, VCS provides merchandise and services to Veterans enrolled in VA’s Health Care System, their families, caregivers, VA employees, volunteers and visitors. We are honored to “give back” to VA through many programs established for the health and well-being of our nation’s heroes. Revenues generated from VCS are used to support a variety of Veteran programs.

By Hans Petersen

Senior writer-editor for Digital Media, VHA Office of Communications. An Air Force Veteran, Hans also served two years in the Peace Corps and worked for 20 years in broadcasting before joining VA.

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Published on Aug. 8, 2022

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