LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The largest annual competitive wheelchair event in the world is coming to Louisville. 

Louisville will host the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in July of 2019.

Hundreds of veterans will compete in 19 different sports, including swimming, basketball, weightlifting, archery, bowling and more. This will be the 39th year for the event that's organized by the Kentucky-Indiana Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. 

The events will take place at venues across the city, and thousands of volunteers will be needed.

Organizers say it helps promote healthy activity, and also helps show newly injured veterans they can still take part in competitive sports.

"It will show the people of Louisville what this means to the veterans, what it means to me and all the other veterans out there -- and the city -- and how amazing the opportunity is for people," said Jeramiah Lucas with the Paralyzed Veterans of America. 

Veterans that want to take part must submit a medical release form signed by their doctor.

For more information, visit www.wheelchairgames.org.  

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