Leidos funds National Veterans Wheelchair Games to be held in Philadelphia
Published on August 12, 2014 at 3:44 AM
Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a national security, health and engineering solutions company, is a Platinum Sponsor of the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games scheduled for Aug. 12-17 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Games are presented by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
As the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world, the Games offer 17 different sports to veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations and neurological diseases. The Games promote rehabilitation through rigorous competition in events including weightlifting, basketball, rugby, softball, handcycling and others. A special "Kids Day" program allows children with disabilities to meet the athletes and be introduced to wheelchair sports. While past Games have produced national and world-class champions, the Games also provide opportunities for newly injured veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes, while also promoting a spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
"This is our fifth consecutive sponsorship of the National Veteran Wheelchair Games, and we couldn't be prouder of supporting the games and giving back to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for our safety and the freedom of our nation," said Steve Comber, President of Leidos Health. "The games and the entire week of events give these incredible men and women an opportunity to enjoy friendly competition and demonstrate that anything is possible, if you set your mind to it."
As part of the Leidos sponsorship, the company donated $50,000 to help offset the cost of the event. Throughout the year, Leidos has pledged nearly $100,000 to support various paralyzed veteran fundraising activities, including the PVA golf tournament and its Mission ABLE Awards Gala.