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OUR MISSION

The mission of the International Institute of SPORT (IIOS) is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the less economically developed countries worldwide.

WHO WE ARE

We are a non-profit advocating for the disabled in areas of public access, education, integration, job skills, physical rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation and disaster relief. We are educators, artists, administrators and professionals. We are also networkers and are grateful for our partners.

WHAT WE DO

We engage children and adults in art projects geared to developing an understanding of disability.  We help rehabilitate and train disabled athletes for the Paralympics. We help disabled people become employees and business owners. We provide art supplies, medical supplies and mobility devices. We represent disabled artists in the world art market. We advocate for the disabled in business and government affairs to help secure access to jobs and transportation.


Veterans Wheelchair Games



Quintin Stephens Wins Bronze in Indianapolis - June 30, 2012


Quintin Stephens with Dr. Fred Sorrells Quintin Stephens had a very strong performance in his 100 meter wheelchair race on Saturday, June 30, at the USA Paralympics Track and Field Meet in Indianapolis. Quintin was awarded a bronze medal.

His time met the qualifying standard set by the International Paralympic Committee, but unfortunately did not meet the USA Paralympic Committee qualifying time for the USA London 2012 Paralympic team.

So while he will not be part of the USA London 2012 Paralympic team, Quintin has already set his sights on the World Paralympic Track and Field Championships in Lyons, France next year.   He has a very good chance of making the USA squad.

At age 54 Quintin was easily the oldest track athlete at the Indianapolis meet.  His quadriplegic performance inspired many. Quintin broke his neck in an accident in 1981 and has been wheelchair racing since 1983 to maintain his health and independence.

Dr. Fred Sorrells, who has been his coach and caregiver since 2009, said, "What a blessing to serve this choice man of God and great patriotic American."

Please watch the attached video to hear Quintin share from the track where he competed.

Quintin Stephens Wins 5 Gold Medals at 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games - August 1-6, 2011


Quintin Stephens at finish line

During the first week of August, 2011, IIOS Track & Field Consultant Quintin Stephens competed in the 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games and finished first in 5 events (100 meters, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m) winning a record five gold medals.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world. The event offers 17 different sports to veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations and neurological diseases.

Although he is a quadriplegic with no control Quintin Stephensis an outstanding athlete. His primary event is wheelchair racing, and he is one of the best in the world for his disability class.

The photo at right is of Quintin Stephens at the finish line.

Dr. Fred Sorrells served as Quintin's caregiver and coach, as he did for Quintin at the last three National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Dr. Sorrells said that he has never seen someone who consistently overcomes physical and emotional challenges like Quintin. Through weekly training, Quintin lost a significant amount of weight and gained a tremendous strength in his upper body. Many quadriplegics Quintin's age use a power chair, but Quintin uses the manual wheelchair exclusively, even pushing it several miles from his home to the local Walmart.

Quinten's medal ceremony

All the hard work paid off when Quintin was crowned with five gold medals. He made his Lone Star Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans proud.

However, Quintin is not satisfied with this achievement. His real goal us to gain a spot on the USA Paralympic Team and to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Bestowing this achievement at Quinten's medal ceremony, pictured at right, included Retired Bgd. General Gauld, former Pittsburgh Steeler greats Robin Cole and Rocky Blyer, and Ron Drach, president of the Wounded Warriors.

Quintin Stephens Wins 5 Gold Medals
Pittsburgh, PA
August 1-6, 2011

Quintin Stephens at finish line

During the first week of August, 2011, IIOS Track & Field Consultant Quintin Stephens competed in the 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games and finished first in 5 events (100 meters, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m) winning a record five gold medals.

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world. The event offers 17 different sports to veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations and neurological diseases.

Although he is a quadriplegic with no control Quintin Stephensis an outstanding athlete. His primary event is wheelchair racing, and he is one of the best in the world for his disability class.

The photo at right is of Quintin Stephens at the finish line.

Dr. Fred Sorrells served as Quintin's caregiver and coach, as he did for Quintin at the last three National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Dr. Sorrells said that he has never seen someone who consistently overcomes physical and emotional challenges like Quintin. Through weekly training, Quintin lost a significant amount of weight and gained a tremendous strength in his upper body. Many quadriplegics Quintin's age use a power chair, but Quintin uses the manual wheelchair exclusively, even pushing it several miles from his home to the local Walmart.

Quinten's medal ceremony

All the hard work paid off when Quintin was crowned with five gold medals. He made his Lone Star Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans proud.

However, Quintin is not satisfied with this achievement. His real goal us to gain a spot on the USA Paralympic Team and to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Bestowing this achievement at Quinten's medal ceremony, pictured at right, included Retired Bgd. General Gauld, former Pittsburgh Steeler greats Robin Cole and Rocky Blyer, and Ron Drach, president of the Wounded Warriors.

Quintin Stephens Trains Soccer Athlete Francillon Chery
Dallas, TX
2011


Quintin Stephens at finish line Quintin Stephens, IIOS Track & Field Consultant, is a great humanitarian and mentor to people with disabilities.

Earlier this year Quintin took Haitian amputee Francillon Chery under his wing following his leg amputation provided by Baylor Medical Center.

Quintin trained Francillon for amputee track events, and Francillon, already an amputee soccer athlete and member of the Haitian Amputee Soccer Team, learned quickly.

The photo at left is of Quintin and Francillon on professional racing wheelchairs.



2010 National Veterans Wheelchair Games
Denver, Colorado
July 4-8, 2010

The 2010 National Veterans Wheelchair Games were held in Denver, Colorado, July 4-8. The largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world, this event offers 17 different sports to Veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations and neurological diseases.

Wheelchair racing

The Games promote rehabilitation through rigorous competition in such events as basketball, rugby, softball, handcycling and others.

A special “Kids Day” program allows children with disabilities to meet the athletes and be introduced to wheelchair sports.

While past Games have produced national and world-class champions, the Games also provide opportunities for newly disabled Veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes.  

 

History of the National Veterans Games

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is an outgrowth of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ historic involvement in wheelchair sports.

Wheelchair sports had their beginning in the aftermath of World War II, when young disabled veterans began playing wheelchair basketball in VA hospitals throughout the United States. Interest in wheelchair basketball soon spread to other sports such as track and field, bowling, swimming, and archery, spawning the formation of several associations devoted to new and innovative wheelchair sports.

While the participation of paralyzed and other disabled veterans continued to flourish during the intervening years, it was not until 1980, when the VA established a Recreation Therapy Service, that VA’s efforts brought about an enhanced awareness of the rehabilitative value of wheelchair athletics. Since then, VA therapists have used wheelchair sports as a therapeutic tool for treating disabled veterans.

The first National Veterans Wheelchair Games were held in 1981, the “International Year of Disabled Persons,” at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, Va. That year, 74 veterans from 14 states competed in sports ranging from table tennis and billiards, to swimming and weightlifting.

Those first Games established an enduring trait that has characterized the event ever since — a strong sense of common identity and camaraderie among the participants. The hundreds of veterans who choose to compete in the Games each year demonstrate their continuing popularity.

Quintin Stephens and Lee Willams

 

Track and Field Veteran Games athletes Quintin Stephens and Lee Williams, pictured left, have participated in many Veterans Games over the years. Their friendship and mutual respect runs deep. In fact they are have become great mentors to young veterans participating in the Games for the first time.

 

 

 

By 1985, the growing size, complexity, and resources needed for the Games presented a daunting challenge to VA medical centers hosting the program. Recognizing that most of the athletes were paralyzed veterans, the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) offered to become a co-sponsor. To help obtain resources needed to host this national event, PVA recruited corporations to join in support of the Games. Since 1985, PVA's corporate sponsor program has helped the Games grow, both in number of competitors as well as variety of sports offered.

In 1987, 12 British military veterans were invited to participate in the Games, and a team from Great Britain has come every year since. The National Veterans Wheelchair Games represent the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. In 2009, 513 wheelchair athletes came from 45 states, Puerto Rico, and Great Britain to compete at the Games in Spokane, Washington.

Quintin Stephens in front of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games banner

The 2010 Games held in Denver, Colorado, July 4-8, were hosted by VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System and the Mountain States Chapter of PVA. Both VA and PVA are committed to the rehabilitation of disabled veterans through these Games, and they will continue their efforts to make the National Veterans Wheelchair Games more challenging and rewarding every year.

Pictured right is Quintin Stephens in front of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games banner.

IIOS is honored to assist several of our great veterans so that their experience at the Games is enhanced. We became involved with the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 2009, when Dr. Fred Sorrells served as the caregiver for Quintin Stephens.

Quintin Stephens

Quintin Stephens prepares to race

Quintin Stephens received a spinal cord injury during his service with the Marines in 1981. He started wheelchair racing in 1983 as part of his therapy program. He has faithfully participated in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games since and accumulated countless metals in track and field events. His athletic achievements in recent years have attracted the sponsorship of the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

During the 2009 Spokane National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Quintin competed in track events and won four gold medals.

 

Quintin Stephens at Awards Ceremony Fred Sorrells, Quintin Stephens and Bo Derek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beau Derek, picured above with Fred Sorrells and Quintin Stephens, is a longtime supporter of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

 

Fred Sorrells providing caregiver services to Quintin Stephens

IIOS continued their tradition of honoring our veterans by once again assisting several athletes during the 2010 Denver National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Dr. Sorrells served as coach/caregiver for Quintin Stephens and Ken Schoenlein.

Pictured right, Dr. Sorrells assists Quintin as he prepares to practice the club throw prior to his field competition.

Quintin won gold medals in 100 meter, 200 meter, and 400 meters and discus throw. He won a silver medal in the club throw.

 

Quintin Stephens at Awards Ceremony

 

 

Pictured left, Fred Sorrells and Quintin Stephens with celebrities at Awards Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Schoenlein

Ken Schoenlein prepares for Shotput throw

IIOS was also honored to assist Alaska based archery and track and field wheelchair athlete, Ken Schoenlein.

Pictured at right, Ken Schoenlein uses a specially designed throws chair to throw the shotput.

Ken Schoenlein

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sorrells assisted Ken get to the competition venue and coached him to his best performance ever.

Ken is also a very capable wheelchair archery competitor, and he competed very capably in both the 30 meters and 50 meters archery competition.

IIOS congratulates the more than 500 veterans who competed in the 2010 Denver National Wheelchair Games. It was a unique privilege to assist two of the greatest veterans, Quintin Stephens and Ken Schoenlein. God bless our veterans and God bless America!