The beautiful facilities at Roosevelt Warm Springs are host to the 2013 Roosevelt Games, a multi-sport Paralympic-style competition for veteran and active duty service personnel with physical disabilities. The event includes competitions in air rifle, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, archery, bowling, cycling and swimming. Instructional sport clinics were also held in field events, air rifle, cycling and swimming. Competition in each sport will offer both Team and Individual awards. The Team accumulating the most point throughout the week will be awarded the Roosevelt Trophy, a traveling award presented to the best overall Team. Fort Stewart is defending 2012 Champions.
This year’s competition includes more that 80 competitors representing the Warrior Transitions Battalions (WTB) from Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart as well as veterans from the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Team Blaze (a group of Georgia veterans that participate in BlazeSports programs) and a number of other veterans from North Carolina and Florida. The 2013 Roosevelt Games is a cooperative event organized by BlazeSports America at Roosevelt Warm Springs with the support of the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the US Olympic Committee, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site, Georgia State Parks and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Two new events were added this year, Air Rifle and Cycling. Air rifle was held at the state-of-the-art shooting facility, the Ole Mill Range Complex in Griffin, GA. Special thanks to Roy McClain and the staff at Ole Mill for a great day. The staff ran an introductory clinic for the competitors that include a practice round. After lunch, 16 competitors shot two rounds in the prone position. Jonathan Moore of Team Blaze took top honors with a score of 181 out of a possible 200. Fort Stewart won the Team award with a three shooter total of 514 points.
Cycling was held in the beautiful F.D. Roosevelt State Park. Special thanks to Desmond Timmons, Park Manager and Park staff for all their assistance as well as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites for allowing us to use such a wonderful section of the park.
Competition was held over a single 3.1 mile (5K) road course. Reggie Arrington (Fort Benning) took the Bike division with a blistering 3:27 time. Angel Torrez, also from Fort Benning, topped the Handcycling division with a time of 6:43. Willie Hughes from Fort Gordon took the Recumbent division with a time of 9:44.
The field of Archery competitors doubled from last year and there was great competition in both the Recurve and Compound Division. A salute to the Archery Learning Center in Snellville, GA for the use of the target stands and target. Matt Redding (Fort Gordon) scored 244 to take top honors in the Recurve Division. Angel Torres (Fort Stewart) won the Compound division with a score of 273 of a possible 300. Fort Stewart won the Recurve Team award with a total of 445 points and the Compound Team award with a total of 772.
Swimming, Bowling, Sitting Volleyball, and Wheelchair Basketball highlights as well as the full results will be posted at the conclusion of the 2013 Roosevelt Games.
Through grant funding provided by U.S. Paralympics, BlazeSports has recently expanded their programs available to disabled veterans and active duty service members by introducing 2 new sports.
Cycling is now being offered every Tuesday at Panola Mountain State Park. There are a range of cycles to try including hand cycles and recumbent cycles. Veterans experience regular physical exercise while enjoying the benefits of the outdoor lifestyle in the park, located near Stockbridge.
Archery is also new to the program and takes place on Friday afternoons at the Archery Learning Center in Snellville. Participants receive expert instruction from Level IV USA archery instructor Ginger Hopwood.
In addition to these new activities, bowling continues as a popular pursuit at Suburban Lanes in Decatur. The program is held each week on a Thursday and are currently working towards their 1st tournament in December.
Swimming with coach Fred Lamback continues as a regular program. Veterans and injured active duty members can work with coach Fred on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 12pm—1:30pm at Fort Gordon.
For more information about any of our veteran programs or to register to join a program please contact Jeff Jones on 404-270-2036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Grant funding for these programs is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. These grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic-sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the armed forces.