Economic impact huge for 2013 Games.
The 33rd annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) are over, but their impact on the Tampa, Fla., area won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Besides showcasing the athletic talents and camaraderie of more than 600 participants, July’s event brought in millions to the local economy.
The Tampa area saw an estimated impact of $3.7 million in direct spending during the Games, says Jason Aughey, senior director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC).
Athletes, coaches, families, friends, and other visitors filled more than 6,000 hotel rooms during six days of events and competition.
The TBSC began collaborating with the local hosts more than two years ago on a proposal to host the Games. Beyond the projected economic impact for Tampa was the desire to work with and help veterans with disabilities, Aughey says.
“We feel like we’ve been there every step of the way to work with the leadership and the VA here in Tampa to plan and execute a first-class event and create a memorable experience for all attendees,” he says.
The TBSC also worked through traditional media and social media to raise awareness and bring thousands of volunteers to the Games.
“That speaks volumes about our community’s willingness to rally around special events like this,” Aughey says.
The Games are co-presented annually by Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
For more information on the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, visit pva.org.
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