VA

BECKLEY – The Beckley VA Medical Center is calling all heroes to participate in the facility’s inaugural “Hero Games” on June 28.

Veterans can compete in carpet bowling, corn hole, mini-golf, and a basketball free throw. For fun there is billiards and a pickleball exhibition.

The schedule of activities is as follows:

8:30 a.m. – Registration and check-in

9 a.m. – Opening ceremony

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Games

12 to 1 p.m. – Lunch and Whole Health Fair

1 p.m. – Awards ceremony

The games are open to all veterans with adaptions divisions available. There will be healthy snacks for participants and food for purchase (cash only) through the Employee Association. In the event of rain, the event will continue with alternative inside locations for the games.

Awards for the top three winners of each competitive events will be presented. Registration forms can be located at the Voluntary Services Welcome Center, on the Beckley VAMC Facebook page or by contacting a point of contact below.

Recreational therapy is a vital aspect of the interdisciplinary health care approach to use a wide range of activity and techniques to improve the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and leisure needs of veterans battling psychological and physical illnesses and other disabling conditions. Simply put, recreational therapy reduces or removes limitations and restrictions that prevent patients from enjoying recreation and leisure as the road to whole health care.

For more information, contact Jane Helsing at jane.helsing@va.gov or 304-255-2121 ext. 4356 or Roy Bovee at roy.bovee@va.gov or 304-255-2121 ext. 1945.

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