IMPORTANT UPDATE ON VALOR GAMES SE 2021

Bridge II Sports is honored to be the host of Valor Games Southeast celebrating the power of adapted sports for our nation’s Veterans with disabilities.  This impactful initiative is supported by community and corporate partners and a VA adaptive sports grant.

Since 2013 Valor Games Southeast invites Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities to Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill for 3 days of spirited adapted sports competition. National coaches and experts in each sport are available to educate, evaluate and empower.

Due to our current COVID-19 environment, Bridge II Sports has decided in 2021 to host 3 one-day events instead of 1 three-day event. These one-day events will honor the spirit, tradition, and camaradarie that are the hallmarks of Valor Games Southeast.

The current dates for these events are:

  • May 26th (proposed sports- Kayaking, Cycling, Archery)
    • May 25th: Athlete Check-in
    • May 26th: Sports
  • June 20th (proposed sports- Air Rifle, Archery, Boccia)
    • June 19th: Athlete Check-in
    • June 20th: Sports
  • August 21st (proposed sports- Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, Sitting Volleyball Tournament)
    • August 20th: Athlete Check-in
    • August 21st: Sports

*Event details subject to change

Valor Games Southeast is designed as an introductory competition to give opportunity for both those facing life for the first time with a disability and those continuing to gain confidence as they live daily with a disability.

A body and mind changed by injury needs the discipline and challenge of physical activity to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. It is the key to recovery, long-term health and re-integration into your community at home.

All meals, lodging at Valor Games Southeast specific hotels and transportation to/from venues  are provided DURING Valor Games Southeast to registered athletes.  Athletes are responsible for their own transportation to and from Valor Games Southeast.

We are so grateful to all of you that have made Valor Games Southeast the incredible celebration of life and community that it has become.  We couldn’t do it without you. We are looking forward with a successful VGSE2021 season- and we want you to be involved!

Stay tuned here, in your inbox and on Facebook @valorgamesse for the latest details!

Thank You to our VGSE Sponsors and Community Partners

Cisco
MetLife
Duke Athletics
UNC Athletics
RTI International
Domtar/Attends
Biogen
Duke Energy
Triangle Volleyball Club
Carolina Region Volleyball
Lake Crabtree County Park
Chick-fil-A
Durham Coca-Cola
Golden Corral
GO Triangle
GO Durham
GO Cary
Chapel Hill Transit
Zippy Shell
Limbionics

Due to the realities of the spread of COVID-19 Valor Games Southeast 2020 scheduled for May 18-21, 2020 was canceled.

BUT…Bridge II Sports has been working hard to keep the spirit of the games alive for our Veteran athletes & community with a virtual event, a smaller IN-PERSON day of sports adhering to our local COVID-19 guidelines and BIIS ‘Playing It Safe’ protocols, and our on-going Veteran Fitness Challenge. 

Check out the details below and GET IN THE SPIRIT of the GAMES!

Female Veteran flexing bicep at Valor Games Southeast 2019

VETERAN FITNESS CHALLENGE
YEAR-ROUND

Many of us have been feeling the effects of the COVID-19 restrictions on our physical and mental health.  It’s been difficult missing the things that get us out and the interactions we have with others while we’re there.

For those reasons Bridge II Sports has put together a Veteran Fitness Challenge for you.
Here is how it will work:

-Participants will be able to sign up on a team with fellow veterans and volunteers from all over the country.

Starting September 2020 Bridge II Sports will send out at least 1 challenge per month to encourage participants to stay active and connected. (We ask that you commit to AT LEAST 6 challenges throughout the year, but why not do them all if you can?)

-These challenges can be based on steps, active minutes, sleep, distance….etc.

-The challenges will be hosted on the Fitbit® platform where you can track your progress and communicate with your team.

-Prizes and surprises will be awarded– in case you need additional motivation!

Check out more info and the challenges to date at www.bridge2sports.org/veteran-fitness-challenge/

This has been a lot of fun and has proven to be a great way to stay strong with your VGSE and Veteran community during this difficult time.

The Veteran Fitness Challenge is going to be extended until Summer 2022.
It is never too late to join.

SIGN UP

CLICK HERE
to fill out the
Veteran Fitness Challenge
Application

Don’t have a Fitbit® ? Don’t worry! We will be able to provide a limited number for your personal use in this program. You can also participate by just using the mobile app.

For more information and details please contact
Katharine Doyle
Event Manager
events@bridge2sports.org
or 866-880-2742 x12

Valor Games Southeast Veteran Sports Day 2020 logo

VGSE VETERAN SPORTS DAY 2020
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18

Working within our current health/safety parameters we were excited to have found a way to bring nine of our VGSE athletes together for a day of camaraderie and sport IN PERSON at  VGSE Veteran Sports Day Friday, September 18th 2020.

Athletes will participate in a full day of archery, air rifle, boccia and a wheelchair skills event in a social distanced setting with mandatory face coverings.

Check out the news piece from ABC11 capturing the heart and spirit of the day!

Veterans with disabilities grateful as Durham
organization reopens in-person sports
by Bridget Condon ABC-11 WTVD

VGSE VETERAN REMOTE CYCLING TIME TRIAL
SEPTEMBER 18 THROUGH OCTOBER 2

Bridge II Sports invited ALL Veteran or Service Member living with a disability to participate  in our VGSE Veteran Remote Cycling Time Trial. This event started Friday September 18 and ran through Friday October 2.
Athletes had 2 weeks to complete their individual race at the time and place of their choosing.
Athletes took on either the 13K or 20K distance in either a handcycle, recumbent cycle, tandem, or upright.

All participants will receive a free participation T-shirt. Check out the results here

Man standing shooting archery next to man seated in wheelchair shooting archery

COMPLIMENTARY BRIDGE II SPORTS
VETERAN ATHLETE MEMBERSHIPS
EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 2021

Thanks to support from a VA Adaptive Sports Grant, Bridge II Sports is EXTENDING the offer of a complimentary athlete membership  to Veterans with disabilities in North Carolina until October 1, 2021 for our adapted sports programs including kayaking, archery, air rifle, golf, fishing, goalball, cycling and hiking. This offer is available for NEW Veteran members and current Veteran members that have been actively using their membership.

Veterans with disabilities must fill out an application and present their DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, to confirm eligibility to receive VA benefits.

This does not include Bridge II Sports events including, but not limited to, Valor Games Southeast and Paddle! Lake Crabtree.

APPLY

CLICK HERE
For details and to apply
for a complimentary
BIIS Veteran Athlete
Membership

VIRTUAL VALOR GAMES SE 2020
MAY 18 -21

Even though we weren’t ‘together’ we were together during the week that would have been VGSE2020.

Thank you to everyone that celebrate in true VGSE style at VIRTUAL VALOR GAMES SE May 18-21 with Opening and Closing ceremonies, a slate of informative webinars, evening athlete hang-outs, and even an at-home athlete activity challenge!
We are so PROUD of this STRONG COMMUNITY.
If you missed the fun you can catch up with webinar recordings at www.bridge2sports.org/virtualvgse/

Thank You to our VGSE Sponsors and Community Partners

Cisco
MetLife
Duke Athletics
UNC Athletics
RTI International
Domtar/Attends
Biogen
Duke Energy
Triangle Volleyball Club
Carolina Region Volleyball
Lake Crabtree County Park
Chick-fil-A
Durham Coca-Cola
Golden Corral
GO Triangle
GO Durham
GO Cary
Chapel Hill Transit
Zippy Shell
Limbionics