NMEDA Spokesman Receives Highest Honor at PVA Wheelchair Games
“Seizing the Day” has been the motto for Mike Savicki, a Navy Veteran who recently participated in the PVA National Wheelchair Games in Tampa. During the closing ceremonies, Mike was named this year’s recipient of the events highest honor, the Spirit of the Games Award.
Mike was just 22 years old and training to be an F-14 pilot when he dove into the waters off Pensacola Beach, FL and received a C6 spinal cord injury.
Vowing to never giving up, Mike endured eight months of rehabilitation prior to entering his first National Veterans Wheelchair Games in 1991. Twenty two years later, Mike is still competing; he just completed his 22nd appearance at the games which was held in Tampa Florida.
In addition to competing over the years in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Mike was also a member of the 2004 US Paralympic Rugby team. But that’s not all… Mike also has participated in the 70-mile Beach to Battleship Half Ironman Triathlon in 2009, and earned a bronze medal with the Navy team at the 2010 Warrior Games.
Even beyond rugby and racetracks, Mike Savicki has excelled. In 2008, he founded his business, Scratching Post Solutions. He received the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award from Tuffs University. He is also a freelance writer, and has profiled numerous athletes, politicians, celebrities and artists. In 2012, Mike became the spokesperson for NMEDA’s National Mobility Awareness Month.
Once again! Congratulations Mike Savicki, the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games’ Spirit of the Games Award recipient.