You can take a soldier out of the fight, but you can never take the fight out of a soldier.
From June 1-9, the Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Air Force Academy Falcon Stadium. The event has occurred annually since 2010 and is a multi-sport competition for wounded veterans.
This year’s Warrior Games is set for more than 250 competitors, multiple celebrity guests, three new sports and a new team. Jon Stewart will reprise his role as the Master of Ceremonies after doing a phenomenal job in the role last year. Music legends Kelly Clarkson and Eric Paisley are also set to hold concerts at this year’s event.
This year’s games will see the return of archery, track and field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and wheelchair basketball. Three new events, time trial cycling, indoor rowing and powerlifting, have been added. The teams competing in the games this year are the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. This is the second year that Australia has competed and the first year ever that Canada is competing in the Warrior Games.
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association, a long-time partner of the Warrior Games, will also be in attendance to support the event. mi“Our league was founded by disabled veterans returning home from World War II,” NWBA Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski explained. “From the inception of our league, veterans have been the backbone that helped us grow and improve to the league we are today. It is so important to support our veterans and we wish all of the participants the best of luck at the 2018 Warrior Games!”
The goal of the Warrior Games is to support our returning veterans and let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated by the civilians. To learn more about the event and get free admissions tickets, click here. The stadium doors open at 5 pm MST, so make sure to come out and support all of the competitors in the 2018 Warrior Games.