The Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games were created in 2010 and designed to introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to Paralympic-style sports. The Warrior Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military. After overcoming significant injuries and illnesses, these athletes prove that life can continue after becoming wounded, ill and injured. The U.S. Air Force will host the 2018 DoD Warrior Games from 2-9 June at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
How many athletes will compete in the 2018 DoD Warrior Games?
More than 200 athletes will participate in the 2018 DoD Warrior Games. The athletes represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command (SOCOM), as well as the U.K. Armed Forces. The athletes symbolize to all wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans across the nation, and others facing adversity, that individuals can recover from a serious injury or illness and lead fulfilling, productive and inspiring lives.
What sports will athletes compete in at the 2018 DoD Warrior Games?
The 2018 DoD Warrior Games will feature 11 adaptive sports: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball and three new sports debuting this year: indoor rowing, powerlifting, and time trial cycling . (The shooting event is conducted using Olympic competition pellet guns).
Where are the Warrior Games being held in 2018?
The Games will be held June 2-9 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. This year marks a triumphant return of the Warrior Games to Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is recognized as the Olympic City USA and is the epicenter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympics movements.
How can I attend the 2018 DoD Warrior Games?
The 2018 Warrior Games are free and open to the public! Be inspired and show your support throughout the week by attending competition and events throughout the week. Visitors will be required to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy at the North Gate and show a valid government ID.
Who is eligible to participate in Department of Defense Warrior Games?
Before a wounded, ill or injured service member may compete to participate in the Games, he or she must first be enrolled in his/her respective service's wounded warrior program, which provides non-medical care to post-9/11 service members who are seriously wounded, ill or injured. The links below provide details for how to contact the respective wounded warrior program:
Once enrolled, service members may then participate in structured camps, clinics, trials and daily adaptive sports activities that are executed nationwide with support from the Department of Defense's military adaptive sports program. Athletes are able to compete based on their professionalism, dedication and determination and that of their military medical teams' and families' supporting their recovery efforts.
Why are the Warrior Games important to the Department of Defense and the Armed Services?
Fitness and teamwork are a way of life in the military. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life, often confining a service member to a hospital bed and significantly altering their physical capabilities. Adaptive sports help wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates. The goal of the Warrior Games is to demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.
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