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Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs

National Veterans Wheelchair Games Newsletters

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | August 4, 2011

Visting the Games Today

NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr.

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

Navy Veteran and athlete Doris Merrill

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.

Kids Day

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.

9:30 a.m.

  • Archery

11 a.m.

  • Table Tennis (IV-V)
  • Nine-ball (IA-B-C)
  • Slalom (II-III)

1 p.m. Air Guns

  • Bowling (II-III)

3:30 p.m.

  • Table Tennis (IA-B-C)

8:30 p.m.

  • Swimming

The following presentations will take place at the event location immediately after it ends.

4:30 p.m.

  • Super G (Slalom)

8 p.m.

  • 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.

Dominic Ruperto

Dom's Dilemma

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.

Special Events

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.