Marine veteran Jake Hipps, 58, of Buffalo, N.Y., is no stranger to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. He has been competing in the games for more than 15 years.
This year, he's competing in handcycling, field events, basketball and the tennis exhibition. For Hipps, the games aren't about winning or losing the individual events, they are about the community. "It's not about the competition for me," Hipps said. "It's about what I can do to interact with the new guys."
Hipps has been able to bond with his fellow competitors as well during the games. "We bond as one here, all these guys are my brothers."
Tampa Bay is hosting the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games through Thursday. The games are co-presented by Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs.