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The 2019 Warrior Games Come to Tampa
The 2019 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games will be hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command and held for the first time June 21-30 in Tampa Bay, Florida. Over 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans are expected to participate in the Paralympic-style competition. The athletes will
represent the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command. Historically, the Warrior Games has also invited international partner nations, and this year, athletes from the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Netherlands Defence Force and the Denmark Defence Force will compete.

The 2019 Warrior Games will feature 14 adaptive sports: archery, cycling, track, field, air pistol and rifle shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair basketball, rowing, powerlifting, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair rugby and, for the first time in Warrior Games history, golf. In addition, there will be a mountain
biking expo. To qualify for the 2019 Warrior Games teams, athletes participate in camps, clinics, trials or similar means for their respective service teams.
The Warrior Games were established to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members and to expose them to adaptive sports. Visitors and participants will walk away with a better understanding of adaptive sports through an exciting and entertaining atmosphere, and gain with additional understanding of how to support these military athletes, and the tens of thousands of others they represent.

The 2019 Warrior Games competitions are free and open to the public. All are invited to attend, support and honor U.S. and international wounded warriors as they overcome adversity through sports.

The 2019 Games 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.

Background: The 2019 DoD Warrior Games is scheduled for June 21-30, 2019 in Tampa Bay. Opening and closing ceremonies and athletic competition will take place at venues inside the greater Tampa Bay area. All events are
scheduled to take place outside of MacDill Air Force Base to allow the greater Tampa Bay community to show their support for our nation’s wounded.

The DoD Warrior Games introduces wounded, ill and injured active duty service members and veterans to Paralympic-style sports. Warrior Games 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.

To volunteer to help with the Warrior Games, see here How to volunteer to help

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