Saluting service: Veterans and their families invited to ‘Day of Play’ April 11

All military members, including veterans with disabilities, wounded warriors and their families, are invited to spend the day playing, relaxing and being together at the third annual “Saluting Service: An Arizona Celebration of the U.S. Military”  10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

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The event takes place at the Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit), a program of Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), 5031 E. Washington St.

The free event will include access to the SpoFit pool and rock climbing wall as well as recreational games and more.

Sponsored by Ability Center, ADL Solutions, Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association, Numotion, Presidential Pools & Spa, United HealthCare and Will 2 Walk, refreshments – including free burgers and hot dogs from Bo-BQ’s Bo Compton – and tours of SpoFit, the only facility of its kind in the Western United States, also are planned.

“Given the selfless sacrifices made on our behalf by our military members, veterans and their families, providing even a little bit of time to be together and have fun is the very least we can do,” said ABIL President and CEO Phil Pangrazio.

Through a variety of community partnerships and donations to ABIL and SpoFit, SpoFit facilities and services are free to all military members, veterans and their families throughout the year.

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Arizona Bridge to Independent Living offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community.

ABIL is located at 5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 200, Phoenix.  For more information on the Sports & Fitness Center, visit

The Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit) is a 45,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility located in Phoenix.

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