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Wheelchair games draw 500 military vets to Spokane

Members of the Patriot Guard lined 3rd Ave. in Spokane all day Sunday as buses drove veterans from the airport Members of the Patriot Guard lined 3rd Ave. in Spokane all day Sunday as buses drove veterans from the airport

SPOKANE, Wash. - More than 500 athletes are expected to compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games this week in Spokane.

The competition is in its 19th year and runs from Monday through Saturday. It's billed as the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world, drawing entries from 42 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain.

The games are sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

A wheelchair basketball demonstration pitting some of the athletes against local media representatives and community officials is set for Monday, and the opening ceremonies are Monday evening at Veterans Memorial Arena.

The 17 events include competition in air guns, archery, basketball, bowling, power soccer, quad rugby, softball, swimming, pingpong, track, trapshooting and weightlifting.

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