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Veterans Wheelchair Games hit Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of people have arrived in Spokane for the 29th annual Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Authorities estimate at least 500 athletes will compete and many of them bring coaches and family members with them.  It is fitting the opening ceremonies took place at the Veterans' Memorial Arena Monday night.  Each of these athletes served their country in the military.

Wheelchair athletics started with the development of basketball after World War II this is the 29th national games, the first for Spokane.  Athletes come from around the world to compete in the games. 

Basketball player Joann Rodriguez flew in from Puerto Rico has been to 10 wheelchair games and says she hopes to inspire others in wheelchairs, proving even if you're sitting down does not mean you have to sit out.  Rodriguez says she's having a tough time convincing people in Puerto Rico that being in a wheelchair should not stop you from being active. 

All the events are free and a full schedule can be found right here.

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