More than 200 wounded, injured and ill service members from the Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations Command are scheduled to compete in the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning on April 30 and concluding April 5.
First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver remarks during the Opening Ceremony for the third annual games. The Warrior Games represent a nexus of Mrs. Obama’s two main priorities as First Lady: supporting our nation’s veterans, service members and military families through her Joining Forces initiative and getting more children to lead healthy, active lifestyles through her Let’s Move! initiative. The men and women participating in the 2012 Warrior Games serve as an inspiration to all Americans for their service, sacrifice and achievements.
Fifty Soldiers and Army veterans will be among the athletes competing for gold in the wheelchair basketball, archery, swimming, cycling, track and field, shooting and sitting volleyball events. The games demonstrate the dedication and determination of men and women of the armed forces overcoming their disabilities and proving themselves as athletes and warriors.
Soldiers will not be just competing for individual success; they will also be competing for the honor of winning the Chairman’s Cup, an award presented to the top-performing service branch based on a system of scoring by earned medals.
Be sure to visit the following social media sites for updates throughout the week:
Warrior Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WarriorGames
Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/armyAW2
Warrior Transition Command blog: http://wtc.armylive.dodlive.mil/
Warrior Transition Command on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/armywtc/
Twitter Hashtag: #WarriorGames
The Army’s eye is on the Chairman’s Cup this year! Leave your “Go Army” shout-outs here!!!