Paralyzed Veterans of America – Great Plains Chapter

Address: 7612 Maple Street
Omaha, NE 68134-6502
Phone: (402) 398-1422 Fax: (402) 3981424 Email: pva@greatplainspva.org Website: http://www.greatplainspva.org/sportsAndRec.html

Contact: Steve Zaracki – Sports Program Coordinator

Our Mission – To improve the quality of life of paralyzed veterans and other adults and children living with a disability by developing equal opportunities in sports and recreation, especially those activities that enhance lifetime health and fitness. Personal Fitness & Weight Training
For youth or adults with physical or developmental disabilities
Variety of adaptive equipment
Improve strength, endurance, flexibility & cardiovascular health
Sessions available Monday-Friday 10am – 6pm
Adapted Martial Arts & Self-Defense
For youth or adults with physical or developmental disabilities
Specialized curriculum teaches martial arts skills & techniques
Promotes personal traits such as respect & integrity
Builds self-esteem and an added level of personal security
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sessions meet weekly

Power Soccer
For youth or adults who use power wheelchairs
Wheelchair guards provided
Learn wheelchair maneuvering skills & techniques
Builds team sportsmanship and negotiating skills
Quad Rugby
For teens or young adults who use a manual wheelchair
Recreational and competitive play
Promotes teamwork and strategic planning
High energy

Bocce Ball
For youth or adults with physical or developmental disabilities
Adapted equipment provided
Individual or team play
Fishing & Outdoor Sports
PVA Member fishing tournament annually in September
Annual participation in the PVA Midwest Bass Fishing Tournament
Opportunities to participate in local hunting & shooting events

Sled Hockey Clinics
For anyone (youth and adults) who is interested in trying out this sport
Introduces the rules and techniques of sled hockey
Held at the FirsTier Events Center in Kearney Nebraska

 Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camps
Introduces a variety of sports & recreational activities
Encourages campers to discover their full range of abilities
Promotes confidence and fosters friendships
Youth volunteers team up with campers in a safe, fun environment
One day camp held twice a year at the PVA
Arctic Adventure Camp
For youth and young adults with developmental disabilities
Introduces a variety of sports & recreational activities
Promotes confidence and fosters friendships
Youth volunteers “buddy up” with campers for the day
Camp is held annually in December at the PVA

    Omaha All-Stars Basketball
Sponsored by Great Plains PVA and the Ollie Webb Center
For youth ages 6 to 21 with a variety of developmental disabilities
Builds self-confidence, teamwork, and improved physical fitness
Leagues are 7 to 8 weeks long and are scheduled twice a year
Youth Summer Luau
For youth athletes with physical or developmental disabilities
Held annually in conjunction with Omaha's Jr. Wheelchair Sports Camp
An evening of live DJ music, games & snacks
Fosters friendships in a safe & fun environment
Parents are invited to stay and join in or enjoy an evening of respite.                                                                                                                                          

It is our goal to introduce young people to a variety of sports and recreational activities. Camp staff members help athletes match their interest to their individual abilities. Camps are held twice a year in the spring and in the winter. Area high school students help organize and administer the camps as a community service project. Adaptive equipment available.The Great Plains Paralyzed Veterans of America is a nonprofit organization that has dedicated over thirty years to helping its members and their families, as well as people with disabilities across the state of Nebraska. The Great Plains PVA strives to provide a unique blend of educational, vocational, social, and recreational activities. This work is part of its mission, part of the help PVA provides to those who have given so much. The PVA is at the forefront helping and advocating for the rights and benefits of people with disabilities."

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