Warrior Games back in the Springs for third year

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Athletes compete in the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. (U.S.A.F photo by Staff Sgt. J. Paul Croxon)

Back for a third year, the Warrior Games are coming to Colorado Springs in 2012.

The U.S. Olympic Committee announced today that the Warrior Games, presented by Deloitte, will take place April 30 – May 5, 2012.

More than 200 wounded, ill and injured soldiers and veterans are expected to participate in seven sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.

The games started in 2010 as an introduction to Paralympic sports for injured service members and veterans.

Since then, the competition has become a springboard for many service members and veterans to keep playing sports in their communities. Medical treatment facilities, Warrior Transition Units and Wounded Warrior Battalions East have seen a 20 percent increase in sports program participation by wounded, ill and injured service members.

The competition, which will be hosted by the USOC, is also supported by the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

“We are excited to welcome our service members and veterans back to Colorado Springs for the third annual competition,” said Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO.  ”These Games truly exemplify the fighting spirit within each and every one of these athletes, all who have sacrificed for our great country.”