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.
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.