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Wounded Warrior Project, VA to Improve Warrior Wellness at Adaptive Sports Clinic

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is teaming up with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to host nearly 80 veterans for the 15th annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic this week in San Diego. In addition to sponsoring the event, WWP will be on-site to facilitate the weeklong clinic with cycling professionals from the nonprofit’s Soldier Ride® program.

VA’s National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic is a rehabilitative and educational hands-on program that offers wounded veterans from across the country an opportunity to engage in adaptive sports and recreational activities. The event – an extension of rehabilitation care veterans receive at VA facilities – introduces and strengthens knowledge of different sports and the modified techniques designed to address specific injuries, including spinal cord injury, visual impairments, orthopedic amputation, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). After being limited to virtual-only participation due to COVID-19, this year marks the clinic’s return to in-person sporting events. Activities will include sailing, surfing, adaptive fitness, kayaking, and cycling.

“We’re honored to sponsor this event for the fourth year and work with VA to empower warriors across the country,” said James Herrera, WWP Physical Health & Wellness vice president. “Adaptive sports play a critical role in physical and emotional healing for warriors who were injured while serving our country. It’s important for warriors to know they can still engage with the sports they’ve always loved and even learn new skills.”

WWP’s Soldier Ride is a nationally recognized injured veteran cycling program that hosts warriors virtually and at in-person events across the country. It is one of three WWP programs – including Adaptive Sports and Physical Health and Wellness – that incorporate adaptive components into athletic sports and physical fitness to serve some of the most seriously injured veterans. These programs were designed to empower warriors to become well-adjusted in mind and body and help increase mobility, improve sleep, and decrease stress.


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