Warrior Games Bring the Magic

Source: DoD (Defense.gov)

The Department of Defense Warrior Games are back — in a big way. 

After a two-year COVID-19-induced hiatus, this year’s Games are underway at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida.  There were big-name stars for the opening ceremonies — comedian Jon Stewart and musician Darius Rucker — and festivities welcoming families and friends at Magic Kingdom park. 

Most important, of course, are the athletes — more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veteran athletes competing in 12 adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing and wheelchair rugby.

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They hail from across the Defense Department, Canada and, this year, Ukraine. The Games celebrate their resiliency and spirit.