VALOR GAMES SE 2022

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.

The 2022 games will be our 10th anniversary engaging Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with disabilities in spirited adapted sports competition and camaraderie. 

Due to our current COVID-19 environment, Bridge II Sports has decided in 2022 to host 3 separate events instead of 1 three-day event. These events will honor the spirit and tradition that are the hallmarks of Valor Games Southeast.

The current dates* for these events are:

  • May 25 – May 26: Two-day Competition
    Application Opens Thursday January 6, 2022 12pm EST
    May 24: Athlete Check-in
    May 25: at Duke University (Indoor Rowing, Powerlifting, Sitting Volleyball, Table Tennis)
    May 26: at Lake Crabtree County Park (Archery, Cycling, Kayaking)
  • August 6: 3-on-3 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
    Application Opens Tuesday March 8, 2022 12pm EST
    August 5: Athlete Check-in
    August 6: Tournament at Rocky Mount Event Center
  • August 22: Golf Tournament
    Application Opens Tuesday March 8, 2022 12pm EST
    August 21: Athlete Check-in
    August 22: Tournament at Hillandale Golf Course

*ALL Event details including dates, venues, and sports are 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 to a successful VGSE2022 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 VGSE22 Sponsors and Community Partners

MetLife
Cisco
RTI International
Biogen
Attindas/Attends
HDIS
CBS17
DK3
Rocky Mount Event Center
Triangle Volleyball Club
Hillandale Golf Course
Lake Crabtree County Park
Chick-fil-A
Durham Coca-Cola

Due to the realities of COVID-19 Valor Games Southeast has pivoted and taken different forms these past 2 years.

BUT…Bridge II Sports has worked (…and is still working) hard to keep the spirit of the games alive for our Veteran athletes & community with virtual events, smaller IN-PERSON adapted sports competitions adhering to our local COVID-19 guidelines and BIIS ‘Playing It Safe’ protocols, and our on-going Veteran Fitness Challenge. 

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 created the Veteran Fitness Challenge.

Started in September 2020 Bridge II Sports began setting up at least 1 challenge per month to encourage participants to stay active and connected. Now over a year later there are over 200 Veterans with disabilities from across the country participating!

-Challenges are hosted on the Fitbit® platform where you can track your progress and communicate with your team.

-Participants will be on a team with fellow veterans and volunteers for some challenges. Other challenges will be indivdual.

-Challenges can be based on steps, active minutes, sleep, distance….all with the goal of keeping you active and healthy.

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

This has been a lot of fun and a great way to stay strong and UNITED IN MOVEMENT with our VGSE and Veteran community.

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

SIGN UP

CLICK HERE
to fill out the
Veteran Fitness Challenge
Application

For more information and details please contact
Kathy Duffy
Veteran Fitness Challenge Coordinator
fitness@bridge2sports.org
or 866-880-2742 x8

SUMMER OF VALOR GAMES SOUTHEAST 2021

Due to COVID-19, Bridge II Sports hosted 4 separate one-day adapted sports events throughout the summer of 2021 for Veterans with disabilties.  These smaller events allowed for the oppotunity for athletes to safely come together, following our ‘Playing It Safe’ COVID precautions, to compete in person. In total 77 athletes traveled to Raleigh/Durham to participate in VGSE21.

May 26 – Lake Crabtree County Park: Kayaking, Archery, and Cycling

June 20 – Bridge II Sports campus: Air Rifle, Archery, and Boccia

August 21 – Rocky Mount Event Center: DK3 3-on-3 Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

August 23 – Hillandale Golf Course: 9-Hole Scramble Golf Tournament

Valor Games Southeast Veteran Sports Day 2020 logo

VGSE VETERAN SPORTS DAY 2020
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18

Working within the current health/safety parameters at the time 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 participated 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
Man standing shooting archery next to man seated in wheelchair shooting archery

COMPLIMENTARY BRIDGE II SPORTS
VETERAN ATHLETE MEMBERSHIPS
EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 2022

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, 2022 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.
This does not include Bridge II Sports events including, but not limited to, Valor Games Southeast and Paddle! Lake Crabtree.

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. Interested Veterans must attend a Bridge II Sports program (not including Valor Games SE) prior to activation of complimentary membership.

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

MetLife
Cisco
Duke Athletics
UNC Athletics
RTI International
Biogen
Attindas/Attends
Duke Energy
Lake Crabtree County Park
Chick-fil-A
Durham Coca-Cola
Golden Corral
GO Triangle
GO Durham
GO Cary
Chapel Hill Transit
Limbionics