The Warrior Games
The U.S. Department of Defense created the DoD Warrior Games to introduce sick and wounded service members to the motivational challenges of team sports and Olympic-style competition. The next Warrior Games will start on Monday, September 21, 2020 and commence on Monday, September 28, 2020. The Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment will host the 2020 Department of Defense Warrior Games in San Antonio, Texas.
In 2010, the United States Department of Defense created the Warrior Games to introduce sick and wounded service members to the motivational challenges of team sports and Olympic-style competition. “After overcoming significant injuries and illnesses,” the Warrior Games official site states, “these athletes prove that life can continue after becoming wounded, ill and injured”.
The competitions themselves are known as “adaptive sports”, including track and field, powerlifting, cycling, wheelchair basketball, and sitting volleyball.
Today, the Warrior Games is an annual event that, much like the Olympics, finds a new venue each year to showcase the games.
ho Can Compete In The Warrior Games?
According to the Warrior Games official site, this competition is for “wounded, ill, or injured” service members from any branch of the military. Prior to being allowed to compete, the applicant must be enrolled in her/his branch of the service’s Wounded Warrior program, which provides “non-medical care” to seriously ill or injured Post-9/11 service members.
My Spouse/Family Member Is Competing In The Games. Can I Accompany Them?
The Warrior Games official site states that two family members are allowed to attend the games with the athlete. This is thanks to the patronage of the Fisher House Foundation, which offers the two-loved one stay via WarriorGamesFamilyProgram.org.
The support offered by the Fisher House is substantial; this program includes round-trip airfare, lodging, transportation, food, and more.