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In June 2023, the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command, host of the DoD Warrior Games, will introduce the Warrior Games Challenge, taking place at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif. While there will be some changes from previous years, the same spirit of the Warrior Games will remain steadfast, focused on the recovery through adaptive sports, and the Warrior Games is dedicated to serving as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DoD Warrior Games Challenge?

The Department of Defense (DoD) holds an annual adaptive-sports competition, the Warrior Games. This year is the 13th Anniversary highlighting the exceptional physical skills and mental toughness of wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran service members. Men and women representing the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and U.S. Special Operations Command will compete in a variety of adaptive sports.

Is the Warrior Games Challenge different from the Warrior Games?

While the structure of the event may be slightly different, athletes will still participate in a premier and elite-level adaptive sporting event. Additionally, spectators and guests are still invited to see the action first-hand at Naval Air Station North Island.

What are adaptive sports?

The adaptive sports featured in the DoD Warrior Games Challenge are a part of the larger DoD Warrior Care program. Within this program, adaptive sports provide reconditioning activities and competitive athletic opportunities to all wounded, ill and injured service members to improve their physical and mental wellness throughout the continuum of recovery and transition. Modified equipment and additional classification systems allow each athlete to compete, regardless of their injury or illness.

Which sports have been adapted?

Adaptive sports featured at the 2023 DoD Warrior Games Challenge include archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, shooting, indoor rowing, and powerlifting.

When and where is the 2023 Warrior Games Challenge?

The U.S. Army will host the 2023 DoD Warrior Games Challenge in June 2023 at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Calif. from June 2nd through June 12th.

How can I volunteer for the Warrior Games?

The DoD Warrior Games would not be possible without the support of the community, including the amazing volunteers that come out to support these warrior athletes. General and sport-specific volunteer opportunities are available throughout the event. Click here to register or learn more about volunteer opportunities for the 2023 DoD Warrior Games.

Why are the DoD Warrior Games important?

First and foremost, the Warrior Games are designed to enhance recovery by engaging wounded, ill, and injured service members outside of traditional therapy settings. The program hopes to inspire recovery and physical fitness and encourage new opportunities for growth and achievement. Second, the games raise awareness about the resources available through the DoD Warrior Care programs. The adaptive sports program is just one facet of the continuum of recovery and care our active-duty and veteran warriors receive.

What does it feel like to compete in adaptive sports?

Media will have a select opportunity to experience and appreciate the special challenges faced by these warriors. Adaptive equipment and interaction with the athletes offer a unique chance to share their experiences with the audience.

How do I get information about Opening Ceremony, Closing Ceremony, or other event details?

View the 2023 Warrior Games Event Schedule.

How can my business support the Warrior Games?

The Warrior Games appreciates the support of all its sponsors and supporters. You can learn more about sponsoring by downloading the Sponsorship Deck.

Where is the schedule of sporting events?

View the 2023 Warrior Games Event Schedule.

Where can I get additional information?

Additional information can be found at

Will there be international team participation in the Warrior Games Challenge?

International teams will not be competing in the 2023 Warrior Games Challenge, but we look forward to welcoming them back to future Warrior Games, as well as continuing our relationship to support wounded, ill, and injured military members.