Sports

April 21, 2016
 

Online registration for 2016 DOD Warrior Games now open

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Staff Sgt. Rey Edenfield, right, an Air Force wounded warrior athlete, sprints toward the finish line with fellow competitors at the 2015 Department Of Defense Warrior Games June 23, 2015.

WASHINGTON — Online registration is now open to participate in the 2016 Defense Department Warrior Games at cvent.com. Volunteers, media and distinguished visitors — as well as selected athletes, family members, nonmedical attendants, staff and coaches — must register online to participate.

The Army will host the DOD Warrior Games at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, from June 15 through 21.

The Warrior Games is an adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Approximately 250 athletes will participate in eight sporting events, representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and United Kingdom Armed Forces.

Retired Staff Sgt. Nicholas Dadgostar, an Air Force wounded warrior athlete, competes in the discus throw at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, June 23, 2015. The Warrior Games features athletes from throughout the Defense Department who compete in Paralympic-style events for their respective military branches.

The games highlight the resiliency and warrior spirit of service members, veterans and their families and caregivers. They represent the culmination of participation in structured adaptive sports and reconditioning activities of wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans through their recovery.

Spectators are invited to attend and support the athletes during the games, including opening and closing ceremonies, and registration is not required.

Volunteer information

Volunteer support is necessary in order to put on an event worthy of the hundreds of competitors at the Warrior Games. No special expertise is required and mandatory volunteer training will be provided. Lodging, food and transportation are all at the volunteer’s expense. Volunteer positions include escorts, back-up scorers, cheering squad and spectators, crowd control, parking guide, runner, setup/cleanup, time keeper, etc. The military academy is a federal installation and additional documentation may be required for individuals requesting access. For more information about group and minor volunteer requirements, contact DODWGVolunteers@mail.mil.

Capt. Christy Wise competes in the discus competition during the games. The Warrior Games, founded in 2010, is a Paralympic-style competition that features eight adaptive sports for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and the British Armed Forces. 2015 was the first time the DOD took responsibility for operational planning and coordination of the event.




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