Health & Safety

April 4, 2014

Air Force Wounded Warriors Trials 2014 arrive at Nellis

Tags:
Airman 1st Class Jake Carter
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Cody Caraker, adaptive sports camp participant, cycles through Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Area 2 during an Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Camp Feb. 26. The 2014 Warrior Games Selection Camp will begin April 7 with 100 athletes coming from across the United States to compete for the 40 positions on the U.S. Air Force team.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 2014 Air Force Wounded Warriors Trials will begin here April 7.

The trials will last until April 11, where wounded warriors will compete in various events to see if they can make the U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior team.

“We have close to 100 athletes coming from across the United States to compete for the 40 positions on the U.S. Air Force team,” said Jeffrey McClish, U.S. Air Force recovery care coordinator for Nev., Utah and Edwards AFB Calif. “The 40 chosen will represent our Air Force at the 2014 Warrior Games this fall.”

There will be seven events during the trials which include archery, basketball, cycling, track and field, swimming, shooting and volleyball.

Wounded warriors participating in the camp faced adversities in order to come and compete against other individuals at the camp.

“Adaptive sports provide our wounded warriors an opportunity to get back into life,” McClish said. “Quite often they have experienced a long road to physical rehabilitation or recovery; adaptive sports complement the progress by offering a venue to develop skills in new sporting activities or relearning a sport enjoyed in the past.”

According to Tony Jasso, adaptive sports program manager warrior care division directorate of Airman and Family Care at Randolph AFB, Texas, sports are also a way for wounded warriors to push themselves.

“Sports open doors that wounds, injury and illness tend to close,” Jasso said. “Additionally, sports push them physically, psychologically, and present many social challenges warriors have not faced since their change in health, and our sports push the warriors further than they have been pushed in their recovery.”

Wounded warriors who are interested in participating in adaptive sports should contact a Recovery Care Coordinator or Air Force Wounded Warrior Case Manager.

“Introductory Adaptive Sports Camps are held across the United States and give participants a “test-ride” of different sporting events,” McClish said. “From those camps, skills will develop and connections [will be] made to seek additional opportunities within the wounded warriors local community.”

This will be the third time Nellis will be hosting the camp and wounded warriors are hopeful to come back.

“Nellis AFB and the surrounding community have provided outstanding support to the U.S. Air Force Adaptive Sports Camp Program,” McClish said. “This is the third camp held at Nellis AFB and we hope to start a tradition of providing a competitive environment to our Wounded Warriors.”

Wounded warriors are encouraged to come out and try adaptive sports as a way to begin a new chapter within their life.

“I believe one of the greatest benefits to adaptive sports is when a new athlete realizes that life is not over, just heading in a different direction,” McClish said. “When you see that realization in the expression on their face, it is truly rewarding.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald

40 years of Red Flag at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald A flight of F-15 Eagles and F-16 Fighting Falcons Aggressors fly in formation over the Nevada Test and Training Ranges June 5, 2008. The proposal for Red Flag came in early...
 
 

True inteGRITy

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — Your homework after reading this article is to turn to the closest Airman and ask him to define ‘integrity.’ Wait while he rattles off some version of, “integrity means doing the right thing even when no one is watching,” and then say “stop telling people that; you sound like...
 
 

Diversity is Biomedical Sciences Corps strength

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The Biomedical Sciences Corps will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Order CA-5, which established the Air Force Medical Services Biomedical Sciences Corps, here Jan. 28. Many Airmen, new and seasoned, are unfamiliar with the five distinct branches of the U.S. Air Force Medical Service corps, which includes the...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Airman pulls woman from burning vehicle

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Tech. Sgt. Justin Mahana, 823rd Maintenance Squadron support section chief, poses in front of an HH-60G Pave Hawk at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 20. On Jan. 6, Mahana pulled...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by David Bedard

Former Airman sentenced to 18 years in drunken–driving death tells story

U.S. Air Force photo by David Bedard Former Airman 1st Class Lane Wyatt recounts the night of June 30, 2013, when he killed Citari Townes-Sweatt in a drunken-driving accident. Wyatt was sentenced Dec. 19, 2014, to 18 years in p...
 
 

Stepping into a better self

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Michelle Strawn, 99th Force Support Squadron, works out to a step class video at the Warrior Fitness Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 21. Strawn is a group fitness instructor and teaches Hatha yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Warrior Fitness Center...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin