Dates Announced for the 2014 Warrior Games
- By Cindy Horbrook
- Mar 21, 2014
The 2014 Warrior Games, a competition for wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans, will take place Sept. 28 to Oct. 4.
Presented by Deloitte, the annual event is held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The competition was founded in 2010 by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in partnership with the Department of Defense and United Service Organizations (USO).
The event is expected include 200 service members and veterans competing in seven sports (archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track & field and wheelchair basketball) over six days. Five teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command will select their own rosters; each team will be comprised of 40 athletes.
The event gives people the opportunity to cheer on and support the troops as they transition back to civilian life.
In a news release, General Charles F. Wald (USAF Ret.), director, Deloitte Services LP and senior advisor to Deloitte’s Department of Defense sector, said, “Rehabilitative sports activities like the Warrior Games provide the participating athletes an opportunity to heal and recover together.”
Many service members and veterans have gone on to continue participating in sports programs in their communities after the event, with some competing at the national and international levels.
All of the Warrior Games competitions will be free and open to the public. Interested persons can find additional details in the coming months on the U.S. Paralympics website, USParalympics.org, and the Warrior Games Facebook page.
Cindy Horbrook is the associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management, and Respiratory & Sleep Management magazines.