Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Warrior Games Wrap-Up

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Warrior Games Wrap-Up

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The 2011 Warrior Games took place last month (from May 16-21, 2011) and more than 200 wounded, ill, and injured athletes from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Special Operations Command competed for gold in seven sports.

The competition was hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Military Program in Colorado Springs, Colorado and was a joint endeavor with the U.S. Department of Defense. Warrior Games athletes participated in shooting, swimming, archery, sitting volleyball, cycling, track and field and wheelchair basketball. In addition to winners in each event, there as an "Ultimate Warrior" competition in a pentathlon format. The services also competed for the Chairman's Cup, which was awarded through a point system based on medals won and number of competitors. Each athlete participated 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).

Created to elevate and emphasize the role of athletics in the recovery of wounded, ill and injured service members, the event left a lasting impression on all who took part. …

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