Let the Wheelchair Games Begin
MILWAUKEE - Athletes from across the country have come to Milwaukee to compete in a big-time sporting event. The National Veterans' Wheelchair Games are underway.
There are world record holders in town this week, but more importantly, these games are about the American spirit, surviving.
There was a full fanfare in the opening ceremony for these athletes, who traveled from as far as Britain and represent 45 of America's states, including the home team. The crowd let out a huge cheer as the Wisconsin athletes were introduced.
Moneca McVey is here from Florida. It's her first time competing. "This is so exciting with everyone being here, I'm like, look at all these chairs, this is cool."
These athletes bring a lot of talent to the games. Wisconsin vet Mic Lexa is competing in a number of events. "I do the shotput, the discus, the javelin, I do basketball, 9 ball."
But Lexa will tell you this is not all about getting the gold. "It's not just the competition. It's the camaraderie, everybody getting together and showing spirit. It's not whether you win or lose, it's just having a good time."
The ceremony wrapped up Wisconsin style, with the torch presented on a Harley.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games run all week at different venues around town.