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Mission Redefined VA ADAPTIVE SPORTS
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September 7-12 , 2014
San Diego, CA

The Summer Sports Clinic offers adventure sports and recreational activities such as sailing, surfing, track and field events, kayaking and cycling (hand and tandem), to those who were recently injured. Complimenting the therapy provided in daily rehabilitation programs, the Clinic shares a glimpse of the many exciting recreational opportunities awaiting those Veterans who accept the challenge. With the variety of water and summer sports available at the Clinic, this week-long journey hosts Veterans from all over the country who have a variety of injuries, ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limb. Its fundamental purpose is to provide early intervention for Veterans battling back from injury, not only strengthening their bodies but overcoming and improving their overall being and self-worth.

Important NVSSC Info

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
VA is committed to improving the quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. Participants will develop sports skills and take part in a variety of adaptive sports workshops. Clinic participation demonstrates that having a physical or visual disability is not an obstacle to an active rewarding life.

VA San Diego Healthcare System

Host Hotel – Navy Lodge North Island
Surfing – La Jolla Shores
Sailing – San Diego Harbor
Cycling – Coronado Island
Kayaking – Mission Bay Yacht Club
Track & Field – U.S. Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista

Veterans benefit from
VA's Summer Sports Clinic

The VA Summer Sports Clinic helps Veterans find community and rehabilitation through friendly competition.

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Stays Active in MMA, Football

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San Diego Veteran Crystal Stokes, first time participant in the NVSSC

San Diego Veteran Crystal Stokes is a first time participant in the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic and she is looking forward to both the physical challenge of the event and camaraderie among Veterans. The former Marine Corps sergeant served 11 years in the Corps, including tours in Kuwait and Iraq.

Since leaving the Marines, Stokes has been receiving healthcare at the San Diego VA Medical Center and said she believes the Summer Sports Clinic will assist with her therapy.

During her service, Stokes worked on water purification, served as a rifle and pistol coach, and a martial arts instructor. Stokes is the daughter of two Marine Corps Veterans and was born at Camp Pendleton. Her youngest brother is also a former Marine.

Stokes stays extremely active in her daily life by participating in a number of sports-centered activities. Currently, she stays fit through CrossFit, running and condition training. In 2010, she began training as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter. She trained consistently for a year and a half, but sustained a knee injury in 2011. She is ramping up her conditioning again to continuing competing in MMA. Stokes has also been a member of the National Women’s Football League for six seasons on the San Diego Surge. Stokes played for the Surge during their championship season in 2007. Most recently, Stokes was the defensive end and running back on the 2013 team that went 7-1 in the regular season. She also enjoys bow and rifle hunting.

Stokes is eager to join fellow Veterans in the Summer Sports Clinic. She hopes the camaraderie during the week between Veterans will help her regain that sense of family that was so strong during her service in the Marine Corps. She said she would like to connect with other Veterans who will help during her transition to civilian life.

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Participation is open to U.S. military service Veterans with orthopedic amputations, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, psychological trauma, neurological conditions, PTSD, visual impairment, spinal cord injuries and other eligible injuries incurred in the last six years.

For information or to request an application, please contact

Event Director:
Tristan Heaton
Phone: (858) 642-6426
Fax: 858-642-6406

Communications Director:
Michael Molina
(202) 560-7305


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