Roger D. Sack
Director of Sports and Recreation/Advocacy
I served in the Army Reserves from 1990-91 as a Combat Medic in a West Virginia Field Hospital Unit near Huntington, West Virginia. I sustained a brain stem injury and C5-C7 compression injury while training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. I did my rehabilitation at Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC.
During that time I joined the Mid-Atlantic Chapter PVA and have remained a member with PVA for the past 25 years. During my first year in rehab, I was introduced to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Dayton, Ohio. I competed for the next two years, before working with the National Veterans Wheelchair Games as an Official.
Since my first encounter with sports which introduced me to bowling, trap shooting, hunting, track and field, shooting, swimming, archery, slalom, etc. (through these experiences) I couldn’t stop encouraging athletes by coaching and officiating. Prior to my injury, I officiated Basketball, Soccer and Hockey, and was a National Ski Patrol Director and Umpired Softball and Baseball. Since then, I have worked with the Mid Atlantic Athletic Association, Independent Wheels Athletic Association, Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports, Disabled Sports USA, various PVA Chapters and PVA National Sports events, NRA Disabled Shooting Services, CAMC Sports, Sportable, Project HOPE and many more.
In 1995, I married Sara, my wonderful and loving bride of soon to be 22 years. I have two daughters, 30 and 21, one son 29 and 6 grandchildren (3 girls and 3 boys) varying in age. My son, David and his wife are both Army Veterans.
PVA has given me a new lease on life and new avenues to serve veterans. I have served on the Board of Directors, worked in Advocacy and Legislation/Government Relations while in the Mid Atlantic Chapter. I had the privilege to serve as a Board member, Director of Sports and Recreation, Hospital Liaison Officer, and Vice President of the West Virginia Chapter.
I cherish the veterans, the chapter’s and people that I worked and served by throughout the years.
I have been a Pastor for the past 23 years working with inner city ministries, youth, music and biblical education in Virginia and West Virginia. I have been the Volunteer Communications Director, Emergency Service Director and Health and Services Director for the American Red Cross for over 17 years.
I have received several awards and achievements in my 25 years of Sports. I have received several gold, silver and bronze medals at the National Veteran Wheelchair Games, and in the 2013 Games in Tampa received the prestigious Endeavor Award. This award is presented by the British Ex-Services Wheelchair Sports Association to an athlete or individual who exemplifies effort and determination, encouragement and leadership at the games.
It has been an honor to work with the NVWG and Golden Age Games as Head Official for their Air Rifle/Air Pistol Programs and officiate Weightlifting, Track and Field, Softball and other sports. Seeing Veteran Sport Programs flourish, is so rewarding.
Since then, I started my attempt at playing golf. And have had the privilege of working with Golf Professionals, Veterans and Non-Veterans about accessibility, golf techniques and education on adaptive golf.
In Since 2012, I have enjoyed playing in the PVGO helping PVA raise money for the Operation P.A.V.E. Program.
September 2016 I had the privilege to play with the USAGA in the Worlds Disabled Golf Championship in Portland Oregon. I hope to qualify to represent the U.S. in Tokyo, Japan for the exhibition debut of Golf for the Paralympic Games in 2024.
It is our joy now to serve the Central Florida Chapter, as they Serve Florida Veterans to the Fullest through Sports and Advocacy.Share This With Your Friends