Alexandria, VA – The U.S. Olympic Committee’s Paralympic Military Program in Colorado Springs, Colorado is hosting Warrior Games. Warrior Games is a joint endeavor between the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Department of Defense that was created to elevate and emphasize the role of athletics in the recovery of wounded, ill and injured service members. From May 16-21, 2011, more than 200 wounded, ill and injured athletes from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations Command will compete for gold in seven sports.
Warrior Games athletes will compete for gold in shooting, swimming, archery, sitting volleyball, cycling, track and field and wheelchair basketball. In addition to winners in each event, there will be an “Ultimate Warrior” competition in a pentathlon format. The services will also compete for the Chairman’s Cup, which will be awarded through a point system based on medals won and number of competitors. Each athlete will participate in one of the following injury categories: amputations, spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (including cerebral palsy and stroke).
“Adaptive sports play a critical role in allowing our wounded, ill and injured soldiers to achieve their physical goals and build the confidence essential for success in the next phase of their lives, whether they return to the force or move on to civilian life,” stated Brig. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of the Warrior Transition Command. “Warrior Games is an important element of the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program. We want to make sure soldiers heal in all dimensions of life—we focus on physical fitness just as much as career, emotional, social, spiritual and family goals.”
- Brig. Gen. Daryl Williams, Assistant Surgeon General and Warrior Transition Command
- Capt. Elizabeth Merwin, breast cancer patient; cyclist (Ft. Campbell, KY)
- Sgt. 1st Class Landon Ranker, sustained TBI in combat; Ultimate Champion candidate (Ft. Campbell, KY)
- Sgt. (ret.) Robbie Gaupp, shattered sh
oulder on border patrol; track; second Warrior Games (Ft. Hood, TX)
WHAT: Warrior Games; Interview opportunities; Broadcast quality B-roll footage and public service announcement
WHEN: Monday, May 16, 10:30am
WHERE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Dirks Conference Room
Check in at Visitors’ Center, One East Boulder Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80909
RSVP: Emily Oehler (email@example.com, 703-801-7790). All media must register for media credentials.