Warrior Games dates set for this fall

warrior-games-cauldron-300x286The 2014 U.S. Paralympics Warrior Games will take place Sept. 28 through Oct. 4 using venues at the Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The competition for wounded, injured and ill service members and veterans was created in 2010 by the U.S. Olympic Committee, in partnership with the Department of Defense and United Service Organizations.

The games are presented by Deloitte.

The competition has become a springboard for many service members and veterans to continue participating in sports programs in their communities after the event, with many having gone on to compete at the national and international levels.

In all, 200 service members and veterans are expected to compete in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track & field and wheelchair basketball.

Five teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations Command will select their own rosters; each team will be comprised of 40 athletes, according to a U.S. Paralympics news release.

Four years running, the Marine Corps team has won the Commander’s Cup, the award given to the team that earns the highest overall points in competition.

The 2014 competition will also feature the Ultimate Champion, an individual competition comprised of five events.

“Rehabilitative sports activities like the Warrior Games provide the participating athletes an opportunity to heal and recover together,” retired USAF Gen. Charles F. Wald, director, Deloitte Services LP and senior advisor to Deloitte’s Department of Defense sector, said in the release.

“Our troops have made great sacrifices in defending our nation. Now as they transition back to civilian life it is our duty and our honor to support them.”

All Warrior Games competitions are free and open to the public. Additional details will be provided in coming months on USParalympics.org and the Warrior Games Facebook page.

“These programs could not have been accomplished without the generous support of private sector sponsorships with Deloitte, AT&T, BP, Semper Fi Fund, The Fisher House Foundation, The Daniels Fund and USO, along with outstanding commitment from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force Academy and local community and military leaders,” said Charlie Huebner, USOC chief of Paralympics.