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Save the Date: 36th Annual Wheelchair Games Set for Sept. 26

Published August 6, 2015

Burke's 36th Annual Wheelchair Games is right around the corner! 

For more than three decades wheelchair athletes of all ages from the tri-state area and beyond have headed to Burke to participate in the annual Wheelchair Games. This year the event takes place on September 26– and marks the 36th annual games. 

That day, Burke’s campus will be transformed into a unique forum for sportsmanship, camaraderie, and determination. The sporting event allows disabled persons to show their ability in a variety of track, field and table tennis events. Sports are known for their therapeutic benefits and the Wheelchair Games help athletes build strength, coordination, endurance and self-confidence, allowing those with physical impairments the ability to stay active and to enjoy the competition.

Wheelchair athletes participate in separate divisions for:

  • Futures: age six and under 
  •  Juniors: ages seven through 21 
  • Adults
  • Masters, age 35 and older
  • Masters, age 50 and older
  • Senior Masters division at age 60 and over. 

The variety of events includes table tennis, a slalom obstacle course, javelin, shot put, discus, club throw, softball throw, and 60, 100, 400, 800 and 1,500-meter races.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. there will be field, table tennis, a slalom (obstacle) course. Track events start at 1:30 p.m. Morning event winners will be awarded during lunchtime, track event winners will be awarded after all track races have been completed.

Interested in participating? Entries received by September 4 are entitled to a $5 discount on the regular registration fee of $25.  Your registration fee includes an event t-shirt, lunch and a goodie bag. The registration deadline is September 18. 

Interested in taking part but not an athlete? 

The annual Wheelchair Games is produced entirely by volunteers, including Burke employees and people from the community. Volunteers come from civic groups, schools, religious organizations and other associations. The success of the Wheelchair Games would not be possible without the help of volunteers. All volunteers receive a free t-shirt and lunch. Children volunteers must be 12 years old or older.

Families and members of the community are also welcome to come cheer at the event,  listen to the musical entertainment and take part in silent auctions and chance raffles.

Click here to download the registration and volunteer packets and for more information. 

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