© 2022 All Rights reserved WUSF
News, Jazz, NPR
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Tampa Hosts Veterans Wheelchair Games

It’s reportedly the largest wheelchair sporting event in the world and its coming to the Tampa Bay area July 13-18. It’s the 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Florida Matters visits with a wheelchair athlete turned dancer who is coming out of retirement to compete in the Games. It’s been 10 years since Navy veteran Dwayne Scheuneman sprinted competitively. But even at 44, he believes he’ll be competitive in the 100 and 200 yard races.

Credit Scott Snell / Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans play a game of softball at the 32nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

He also plans to participate in quad rugby – an adaptive form of rugby for wheelchair athletes. He’ll be playing with Davis Celestine, president of the Gulf Coast chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Celestine, a wheelchair athlete in quad rugby and weight lifting, joins the Florida Matters panel along with Dr. Kevin White, chief of the spinal cord injury unit at James A. Haley VA Hospital and Karen Collins with Haley VA public affairs.

Opening ceremonies are Saturday, July 13th, with the games beginning Sunday and running through Thursday. There are 18 different sports from trap shooting and bowling to basketball and table tennis.

There are also two demonstration sports - tennis and water skiing. Many of the events are scheduled at the Tampa Bay Convention Center and Tampa Bay Times Forum. Other venues include Raymond James Stadium, the Long Center for swimming and Seminole Lake for water skiing.

All events are free and open for the public to watch and cheer on the veteran athletes.

A full schedule of events is available here.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
WUSF 89.7 depends on donors for the funding it takes to provide you the most trusted source of news and information here in town, across our state, and around the world. Support WUSF now by giving monthly, or make a one-time donation online.