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The Department of Defense Warrior Games Help Current And Former Soldiers Recover Through Sport

Mackenzie Meaney

The Department of Defense Warrior Games is an annual event that salutes the strength and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veterans in the United States.

The department runs a series of adaptive sports for members to participate in. Sports is one of the most unifying and fun things to do in the eyes of most, so introducing injured veterans and active duty military members to adaptive sports is one way to aid in the recovery process.

“Warrior Games is more than just a sporting event for competing athletes — it is a celebration for families who get to share in the fun and excitement,” said chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation Ken Fisher. “For some competitors, this is the first time their family is seeing them after their rehabilitation, and they see that there is life after injury. Having a family’s love and support, and knowing there’s a whole community rooting for them, makes all the difference to these brave men and women. It is an honor and privilege to see these athletes and their families thrive – together.”

The Warrior Games have multiple sports that are showcased — wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, and wheelchair rugby are just a few. The first ever Warrior Games was held in 2010, and since then, thousands have participated and learned about the unifying nature of sports throughout the nine-day span of different sports.

Not only do the Warrior Games cater to servicemen and women of the United States, but also to people who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces, making it an international event.

To learn more about the Department of Defense’s Warrior Games, you can visit their website here.

Photo credits: Department of Defense Warrior Games’ Instagram