Registration to compete in the 2020 National Veterans Golden Age Games opens March 2, 2020, at 12 p.m. ET. Eligible Veterans must be age 55 and older and receive VA health care.
Applications will be online at www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov. Registration closes once it reaches the maximum number of applicants. The Games run from June 22-27 in Madison, Wis.
“For 34 years, VA has been hosting the National Veterans Golden Age Games as a rehabilitation event dedicated to the health and well-being of our nation’s Veterans 55 and older,” said Carla Ruff, director of the National Veterans Golden Age Games. “In keeping with the Games’ motto – ‘Fitness for Life’ – we want to encourage every Veteran to apply and make activity and fitness an integral part of their lives.”
Hosted by the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, the National Veterans Golden Age Games offer competition in: air pistol, air rifle, badminton, basketball, boccia, bowling, cycling, disc golf, golf, horseshoes, nine ball, pickleball, power walk, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, and track and field.
Cycling is one of 17 competitive events at the National Veterans Golden Age Games. Registration for the Games opens March 2. (Reynaldo Leal/U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports competition designed specifically to improve the quality of life for military Veterans age 55 and older.
The Games encourage participants to continue in local events in their home communities. This year’s National Veterans Golden Age Games are a qualifying event for the 2021 National Senior Games, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
VA expects more than 1,000 local volunteers to donate their time and efforts. Multiple volunteer opportunities will be available to help with everything from sporting events to hospitality services. Events will take place at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center, the Madison Marriott West hotel, the Dane County Regional Airport, Madison and Middleton hotels, and other surrounding community venues.
Volunteer registration will open in April. Interested volunteers can email NVGAGVolunteers@va.gov to receive more information and updates.
For more information about the National Veterans Golden Age Games, visit www.veteransgoldenagegames.va.gov and follow VA Adaptive Sports Programs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @Sports4Vets.
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