Team Navy Participates in DOD Warrior Games

Warrior Games
CHICAGO (June 29, 2017) Team Navy registers for the 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games at Under Armour Brand House in Chicago, Ill. The DoD Warrior Games are an annual event allowing wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in Paralympic-style sports including archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anthony Presley/Released) 170629-N-FA913-003

Every service member is intimately familiar with what it’s like to be part of a team; part of something bigger than oneself. Being part of a team can sometimes make the hard times easy and the impossible, possible.

Being on a sports team and participating in sporting events like the Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior Games can offer wounded, ill, or injured service members a place to find support, understanding, and that feeling of camaraderie.

Team Navy, composed of U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard service members and veterans, is set to compete in the 2017 Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior Games starting today (June 30) and running until July 8 in Chicago, Illinois.

CHICAGO (June 30, 2017) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Emmanuel Gonzalez, from Rialto, Calif., practices before participating in the archery portion for Team Navy during the 2017 Warrior Games at McCormick Place in Chicago. Team Navy is comprised of athletes from Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor, the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guard members, providing resources and support to their families. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Schumaker/Released) 170630-N-UK306-072

The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports (athletic activities that are modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals) which are often seen as an essential part of the recuperation of wounded warriors. The proven and lasting benefits of adaptive sports and reconditioning activities include higher self-esteem, lower stress levels and fewer secondary medical conditions.

Participating teams include active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries; serious illnesses; traumatic brain injuries (TBI); amputations; visual impairment; and post-traumatic stress disorder competing in archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball, and track and field events.

Whether they’re representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, U.S. Special Operations Command, the United Kingdom Armed Forces, or even the Australian Defence Force, friendly competition amongst the Warrior Games’ 265 participants will be fierce as they showcase their fighting spirits.


Be sure to follow the DOD Warrior Games website and learn about the personal stories of some Team Navy Sailors at All Hands Magazine.


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