This weekend dozens of athletes from several states reaped the benefits of their hard work by showing off their skills in the Mid-Atlantic Wheelchair Games. The Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center hosted the annual event.
Athletes competed in events from cycling to javelin throwing. Competitors said their perseverance stems from their love of the sport and the desire to spread a message.
"We're trying to get people to know that there's life after injury," said Orlando Perez, a competitor. "That you don't have to sit at home and watch TV or think about what you can do. You just got to go and do it."
Jill Moore stated, "It's fun to be out here with all my friends. It's just that sense of inclusion of being in a chair and knowing you can do all this stuff and it's out there."
The athletes who met qualifying times will now compete in the national wheelchair games in July.