Ft. Bliss to host Army Warrior Games

Ft. Bliss to host Army Warrior Games

POSTED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 3:48pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 4:14pm

About 25 wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Army veterans from across the United States will train and compete for places on the Army Warrior Games shooting team, Tuesday, Mar. 13 – Saturday, Mar. 17, El Paso, Texas. They are all working toward being one of 50 athletes representing the Army in the 2012 Warrior Games, April 30 - May 5, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

At Warrior Games athletes from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Special Operations will compete for the gold in archery, cycling, wheelchair basketball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and sitting volleyball. Army team members will be announced in late March. Warrior Games are hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee and supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Dates: Tuesday – Saturday, March 13-17; Location: University of Texas at El Paso
Soldiers and coaches will be available to interview. Please see video at this link for a preview of these games and the abilities of these wounded, ill and injured Soldier athletes: http://www.wtc.army.mil/video/wtcpsa.html

Friday, March 16
Practice Matches: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
Competition Matches: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Top Shot Competitors Award Ceremony: Immediately following competition

WTC is a major subordinate command under the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). WTC’s mission is to develop, coordinate and integrate the Army’s Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) for wounded, ill and injured soldiers, veterans and their families. For more information on WTC, visit the new WTC website, www.WTC.army.mil, follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/armyWTC or join Facebook at http://facebook.com/armyAW2.

The Warrior Games showcases the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers from all branches of the military. After overcoming significant physical and behavioral injuries, these men and women demonstrate the power of ability over disability and the spirit of competition.

Since 2010, nearly 200 wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers and Veterans have competed annually at the Warrior Games, a unique partnership between the Department of Defense and U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Program.

This year, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, and Special Operations teams will each send up to 50 athletes.

The Warrior Games is about more than winning medals—it’s about overcoming challenges to celebrate accomplishments.

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