Warrior Games Announces 4th Annual Competition

Story by Warrior Transition Command
Edited by Erin Wittkop, Defense Media Activity

Army Secretary John M. McHugh speaks with Army cycling team members Tim Patterson and Juan Soto before the beginning of the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 1, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper

Army Secretary John M. McHugh speaks with Army cycling team members Tim Patterson and Juan Soto before the beginning of the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 1, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Piper

The 2013 Warrior Games are slated for May 11-17, Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans are expected to participate in the 2013 games.

The competition will feature teams from the United States including Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, and Special Operations – along with an international team from the United Kingdom.

Athletes will compete in sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, swimming, cycling, track & field, archery & competitive shooting. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the athletes or team members who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each event. The service with the most medals receives the Chairman’s Cup.

Warrior Games was created in 2010 as an introduction to adaptive sports and reconditioning activities for service members and veterans. Adaptive sports and reconditioning are linked to a variety of health benefits including: less stress, reduced dependency on pain and depression medication, fewer secondary medical conditions (such as diabetes, hypertension), higher achievement in education and employment, increased independence, increased self-confidence, and increased mobility.

The 2013 Warrior Games opening ceremony is May 11, at the Olympic Training Center. The ceremony, as well as the Warrior Games competitions, are free and open to the public. The competition is sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee and Deloitte and is supported by the Defense Department, Veterans Affairs Department, BP, USO, Fisher House Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Information about the Army team selection and the 2013 Warrior Games will be provided in the coming months on the Warrior Transition Command Road to Warrior Games webpage and the U.S. Paralympics website.

For more information, news coverage, photographs and videos from last year’s Warrior Games, check out this American Forces Press Service special report.

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