Team Motown Brings Home Medals from ’17 NVGAG - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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Team Motown Brings Home Medals from ’17 NVGAG

Byron Gordy and his wife of 35 years, Wilette, both competed for Team Motown!

Byron Gordy and his wife of 35 years, Wilette, both competed for Team Motown!

By Alysse Mengason, Detroit VA Public Affairs
Friday, May 26, 2017

Just eleven months after Motown played host to the National Veterans Golden Age Games, 18 members of Team Motown and two coaches flew to Biloxi, MS to compete in the 2017 Games!

“Our athletes competed in just about every sport at the Games, including a few who gave Pickle Ball a try, something that will be a medal event in 2018,” said Carrie Drobek, one of the coaches and a Recreation Therapist at the Detroit VA.

Team Motown won a total of 42 medals in all sports, including swimming, badminton and more!

Team members are encouraged to try any of the events, including badminton, swimming, basketball, shuffleboard and more.

There were many familiar faces, some long time athletes on the team, and a few new ones, including Byron Gordy’s wife of 35 years, Wilette. Byron is a 61-year-old Navy Veteran.

“It was something great for us to share,” said Byron. “We both won gold medals in horseshoes!”

Along with horseshoes, athletes competed in events such as badminton, 3-on-3 exhibition basketball, shuffleboard, nine ball, air rifle, swimming, bowling, boccia and much more!

Byron also has great things to say about the Games and how his participation has changed his life. “I stopped smoking after 20 years, realizing how important this was to me. I tell every Veteran I run into about this event and how much my participation has done for me.”

“You don’t realize how much everything, from the friendly competition to the camaraderie, can do for a Veteran and his health and well-being,” said Kelly Cousino, also a coach at the Games, and a rec therapist at the medical center. “It’s about commitment and trying new things, and almost always it changes lives and brings great happiness!”

“Biloxi was a great host and the team is already looking forward to next year's games in Albequerque New Mexico,” said the coaches.

If you’d like to get involved in supporting or competing on Team Motown, please contact coaches or interested in competing, contact the coaches, Kelly.cousino@va.gov or carrie.drobek@va.gov.

For more information about the National Veterans Golden Age Games, click here: https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/gag/index.asp.

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