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National Veterans Wheelchair Games Newsletters
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 4, 2011
Visting the Games Today
Attention, NASCAR fans! Keep an eye out for Toyota driver Martin Truex Jr., who is making an appearance at the slalom event today. Truex will sign autographs before and after the event.
A Young 87
At age 87, Navy Veteran and athlete Doris Merrill doesn’t feel old. In fact, the two gold and two silver medals she racked up during the 30th National Veterans Wheelchair Games last summer prove she’s far from slowing down. Read more.
About 20 Pittsburgh-area children in wheelchairs will have the chance to learn from the experts—that is, Games athletes serving as mentors—during this year’s Kids Day. Swing by to see these youths try their hand at basketball, slalom and T-ball.
- When: Friday, Aug. 5, 9–11:30 a.m.
- Where: Shady Side Academy.
Award Presentation Schedule
Medal presentations will take place on a special awards stage located in the concourse on the DLCC ’s second floor.
- Table Tennis (IV-V)
- Nine-ball (IA-B-C)
- Slalom (II-III)
1 p.m. Air Guns
The following presentations will take place at the event location immediately after it ends.
- Power Soccer (Consolation)
Word on the Burgh
A daily dose of Pittsburgh
- Dill: Deal, as with cards, not pickles.
- Redd up: To clean or tidy an area.
- Pop: Soda or soft drink.
Spirit of the Games
Don’t forget to vote for your pick for the Spirit of the Games Award, which recognizes the athlete who epitomizes excellence, sportsmanship and strength of character. Pick up a ballot at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center hospitality table today! All ballots must be in no later than 10 a.m. Friday, August 5.
Odds and Ends
We will hold specialty chairs in a secure area in Hall B. They will be available for pickup one hour before your event. Only athletes or authorized individuals may pick up the chairs (bring valid ID). Be sure to return chairs after your event. Get more event details.
On the Menu
Thursday’s Meal Schedule
- Breakfast: 5:30–9 a.m.
- Lunch: 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
- Dinner: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Get more details.
Follow 7-year-old Dominic Ruperto as he picks the brains of Games athletes throughout the week.
Question: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What is the breakfast of champions?
- Anthony Radetic
Army Veteran | Abbeville, Ala.
- Answer: Fruit—apples, oranges,strawberries.
- Karen Van Benschoten
Navy Veteran | Racine, Wis.
- Answer: Wheaties!
- Susan Macaulay
Air Force Veteran | Juneau, Alaska
- Answer: Cereal and half a banana.
- Roger Hanks
Army and Navy Veteran | Granbury, Texas
- Answer: Grapefruit.
When he’s not reporting, Dom, a soon-to-be-third-grader from Verona, Pa., plays wing for the Pittsburgh Mighty Penguins sled hockey team.
Pickup for today’s Pirates game will be in the convention center’s east lobby, starting at 3:30 p.m.
Pickup for today’s fly-fishing trip will be at 8 a.m. in the convention center’s west lobby.
Take Pittsburgh Home with You!
Stop by Hall A for a souvenir photo with a magnificent city view in the background.
Hours: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.