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2019 Warrior Games Tampa

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Maria Johnson
• Friday, 07 May, 2021
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The 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) WarriorGames will be held June 21 – 30 in Tampa, Florida. Approximately 300 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will participate in the competition.

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Teams consist of active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress engaging in friendly competition and experiencing the healing power of sports. They will go head-to-head in archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball, track and field, and new this year, powerlifting and indoor rowing.

The WarriorGames were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports. Each wounded, ill and injured Soldier has their own unique story and journey to recovery.

By competing in the 2019 Department of Defense WarriorGames as part of Team Army, these brave men and women continue to prove their strength and resiliency. The Games are an opportunity for athletes to showcase their competitive edge, develop lasting relationships and heal, both physically and mentally.

Team Army’s Soldiers started out competing in unit level competitions for a chance to move on and participate at their regional trials. Top regional trials’ competitors were invited to compete at the WarriorGames, where they worked with expert coaches, sports trainers and nutritionists and competed for a chance to represent Team Army at the DoD WarriorGames.

The athletes will represent the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command. The WarriorGames were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and expose them to adaptive sports.

games warrior highlights australia
(Source: veteransport.org.au)

The Games encourage them to stay physically active when they return to their local communities, and inspire and promote opportunities for growth and achievement. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and morale, welfare and recreation sites, the U.S. Air Force does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations.

The 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) WarriorGames will be held June 21 to 30 in Tampa Bay, Florida. The athletes will represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command.

The WarriorGames were established to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and to expose them to adaptive sports. The 2019Games promise to live up to the success of previous games and will be memorable for the athletes, enjoyable for their caregivers and family members, and inspirational and educational for spectators and other supporters.

Created in 2010, the DoD WarriorGames introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to Paralympic-style sports. WarriorGames showcases the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military.

These athletes have overcome significant physical and behavioral injuries and prove that life can continue after becoming wounded, ill or injured. Opening and closing ceremonies athletic competitions will take place at venues inside the greater Tampa Bay area, to include The Amalia Arena, The Tampa Convention Center, University of South Florida and the Long Aquatic Service.

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Conducting the Games outside Mandrill Air Force Base to allow the greater Tampa Bay community to show their support for our nation’s wounded. During the DoD WarriorGames, athletes represent their respective service and the U.S. Special Operations Command and compete against each other.

Invites Games is an international competition and selected U.S. service members and veterans compete as one team, representing the U.S. Competitions like WarriorGames aid in holistic healing of wounded, ill and injured service members throughout their recovery and rehabilitation process: mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially.

The WarriorGames are Department of Defense (DoD) funded, while the Wounded Warrior Project is a separate, nonprofit organization. The athletes will represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command.

Athletes qualified for the 2019WarriorGames by participating in structured camps, clinics, trials and daily adaptive sports activities that were executed nationwide with support from the DoD Office of Warrior Care Policy Military Adaptive Sports Program. The athletes are able to compete based on their professionalism, dedication and determination, as well as the military medical teams and families supporting their recovery.

Yes, the Department of Defense have invited athletes from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Denmark to the 2019WarriorGames. Supporting this important goal, the Fisher House Foundation is fully funding two guests for every U.S. athlete to attend the 2019WarriorGames in support of their competing warrior and hosting a variety of family activities during the Games themselves to create an unforgettable experience for all involved.

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It is our duty as Americans to care, provide and advocate for our wounded, ill or injured warriors and support them to lead the fullest lives possible. DoD applauds efforts to shine a spotlight on the sacrifices of wounded, ill or injured warriors, as well as the tremendous healing power of sports.

The goal of WarriorGames is to use sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country. This is to ensure as many service members get the opportunity to compete, experience the healing camaraderie and spirit of competition through the WarriorGames.

For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and morale, welfare and recreation sites, the U.S. Air Force does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Due to the generosity of the Tampa community, we are pleased to announce that all direct support volunteer assignments are filled.

Please strongly consider giving the same time on the same date to ATTEND AN EVENT that is going to occur during your desired volunteer shift. The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Air Force of the information, products, or services contained therein.

Athletes will represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Command in 11 sports. The events will include: archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting and time trial cycling.

sgt joseph 1st army class fontenot sports warrior games adaptive impression making united talks forces armed katelyn strange special tampa
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Veterans and active-duty service members with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries will also compete. The WarriorGames features wounded warrior athletes who compete in multiple sporting events representing their respective military branches.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFN) -- The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, or AFW2, is proud to announce the 2019 Air Force WarriorGames team. A team of coaches and staff selected 40 primary and ten alternates at the 6th Annual Air Force Trials at Ellis Air Force Base, Nevada, March 7th.

The 40-person team will go on to compete at the Department of Defense WarriorGames in Tampa, Florida, June 21-30. The DoD WarriorGames is a Paralympic-style competitive event featuring 11 different sports: archery, cycling, track and field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, wheelchair basketball and, for the first time in WarriorGames history, indoor rowing, powerlifting and time-trial cycling.

“While the WarriorGames is a competitive event it is more about resiliency and recovery, these competitors are going out to show everyone how adaptive sports have helped them and will walk away with their personal bests in whatever sport they compete in,” said Col. Michael Flatten, AFW2 director. Chute Gonzalez displayed the common theme of pride in being part of the team.

She said, “To represent the Air Force again, I can’t even describe in words what that means to me. I just want to make the Air Force proud, just like I did when I served.

warrior games highlights australia team
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The team is made up of a mixture of active, Guard and Reserve Airmen and veterans. “We’re really excited by this new team,” said Marsha Gonzales, AFW2 support branch chief.

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