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Adaptive athletes compete, collaborate at Warrior Games in Chicago

Adaptive athletes compete, collaborate at Warrior Games in Chicago

Navy veteran Petty Officer 2nd Class Adrian Mohammed competes as a visually impaired archer during the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago, July 3, 2017. (Department of Defense photo by EJ Hersom)

By Rindi White

The Department of Defense Warrior Games are taking place this week in Chicago. While some of the events already happened, medal rounds of most sports will be happening July 6 and 7, with an awards ceremony on July 8.

This is the first year the Warrior Games are being held outside a military installation or U.S. Olympic Committee facility. Instead, teams are competing at Soldier Field, McCormick Place and the United Center in Chicago, among other areas.

The Warrior Games, established in 2010, is a venue in which ill and injured service members and veterans representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, join teams representing the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the Australian Defense Force to compete in seven sports.

About 265 athletes are competing, each with upper-body, lower-body, spinal cord injuries or visual impairment, serious illness or post-traumatic stress. They will represent their branch of service while competing in archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball or track and field.

The Warrior Games were established as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports. The U.S. Navy, in partnership with the City of Chicago, is hosting this year’s event.

“Chicago has a long and proud tradition of supporting those who serve,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the Warrior Games Yearbook. “The entrance to our storied Soldier Field declares our commitment to veterans, our military and their families. Navy Pier trained Sailors for two World Wars as Naval Station Great Lakes does for Sailors today. Hosting the Warrior Games with the U.S. Navy offers Chicago an additional way to publicly demonstrate this commitment.”

Check out http://www.dodwarriorgames.com/schedule for updated information about what’s happening, and for ticketing information. Want to see an event that already happened? Check out the DOD Warrior Games channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/dodwarriorgamesOFFICIAL.

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