William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Fans in the Stands
Madison, WI - Local athletes from William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (WSMVH) are looking to the public to serve as Fans in the Stands and cheer them on as they compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games (NVGAG) virtually at their homes, now through May 28. The WSMVH is the host site for this year’s games, which were to be held in Madison this Summer, before transitioning to this virtual format due to the pandemic.
Fans in the Stands allows anyone to register and create video messages or cards to cheer on Veterans as they join scores of other athletes across the nation to compete in various sports to include air rifle, basketball free throw, blind disc golf, bowling, cycling, power walk, track and field.
“‘Fans in the Stands offers a virtual way to re-create the energy and enthusiasm athletes are accustomed to experiencing in person,” said Director of VA’s National Veterans Golden Age Games Carla Ruff. “This gives volunteers, families, friends and anyone who wants to show their support and appreciation a way to participate and motivate the Veterans competing.”
Nearly 500 Veterans from across the country are participating in their communities and at-home. That number has more than doubled from the 200 senior athletes who competed in 2020’s virtual event.
“Fans in the Stands is an extension of the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and clinics support of our Veteran athletes during this year’s National Veterans Golden Age Games competition,” John Rohrer, Hospital Director. “Veterans from across our area have worked hard to train for this competition and supporting them is a key component of their success. As the host city for the virtual games, we encourage our community make the effort to bring the great support we have locally for our Veterans to these virtual games.”
VA’s Office of National Veterans Sports Programs and Special Events like the Golden Age Games provides Veterans with opportunities for health and healing through adaptive sports and therapeutic art programs. These specialized rehabilitation events aim to optimize Veterans’ independence, community engagement, well-being, and quality of life.
Learn more about VA’s adaptive sports and special events.