Warrior Games

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The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans organized by the United States Department of Defense (DoD).[1]


The Warrior Games have taken place annually since 2010. Through 2014, it was hosted by the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colorado.[2][3] Britain's Prince Harry, at the time serving as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the British Army, opened the 2013 Games,[4] which inspired him to create the Invictus Games.[5]

The 2015 event was the first organized by the DoD. It was held June 19–28 at the Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. Teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, Special Operations Command, and the British Armed Forces took part, competing in eight adaptive sports.[6][2]

In 2016, the event took place on June 15–21 at United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and was hosted by the United States Army.[7][8][9] Jon Stewart emceed the ceremonies.[10]


In 2017, the event took place in Chicago and was hosted by the United States Navy. Chicago was chosen by the Navy over seven other potential sites in the United States.[9] It was the first time that the games were held off a military base or U.S. Olympic training facility.[11] Sponsors of the games included Boeing, Fisher House, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, United Airlines, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and many other companies.[12]

Jon Stewart emceed the opening ceremonies which was followed by a concert by Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton.[13] The attendance at the opening ceremony, which included a video message from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was roughly 10,000.[14] Blues artist Sam Moore sang God Bless America and Soul Man.[14]

In addition to teams representing all branches of the United States armed forces, Australia and the United Kingdom had participating teams.[15][16]

Leticia L. Vega, a Marine sergeant on the Special Operations Command team, took a medal in each event in which she competed.[17]

The United States Navy team beat the United States Army team in the finals for sitting volleyball.[18]

The United States Army team beat the United States Navy team in the finals for wheelchair basketball.[19]


The Air Force will host the 2018 Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy in June 2018.[20] Sponsors of the games include Green Beans Coffee, Fisher House, Amazon, Under Armour, Dove and many other companies.[21][22]


In 2015 and 2016, the eight sports included were:[2][8]

  • Archery
  • Cycling
  • Field: Events included men's and women's shot put, standing shot put, seated discus, and standing discus.[23]
  • Shooting
  • Sitting volleyball
  • Swimming: Events included men's and women's 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter backstroke, and 50 meter breaststroke.
  • Track: Events included 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1500 meters. There were events for athletes using wheelchairs and those using prosthetics.
  • Wheelchair basketball

In 2015, wheelchair rugby was held as an exhibition sport.[2]

List of Warrior Games[edit]

Year Dates Location Participants Host Ref.
2010 May 10–14 Colorado Springs, Colorado 200 United States Olympic Committee [24]
2011 May 16–21 200+ [25]
2012 April 30–May 5 200+ [26]
2013 May 11–16 200+ [27]
2014 September 28–October 4 200+ [28]
2015 June 19–28 Quantico, Virginia 250 United States Department of Defense [29]
2016 June 15–22 West Point, New York 250 United States Army [30]
2017 July 1–9 Chicago, Illinois 265 United States Navy
2018 June 2–9 Air Force Academy, Colorado 265 United States Air Force [31]


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  5. ^ "Prince Harry launches Invictus Games for wounded servicemen". The Telegraph. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
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  9. ^ a b "US Navy to Host 2017 DoD Warrior Games in Chicago". United States Navy. July 22, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Jon Stewart to host Warrior Games opening ceremony at West Point". Navy Times. May 25, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ Affairs, This story was written by Commander, Navy Installations Command Public. "Final Countdown to 2017 DOD Warrior Games". 
  12. ^ "Sponsorship". www.dodwarriorgames.com. 
  13. ^ "Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson Teaming Up for Warrior Games Concert". The Boot. 
  14. ^ a b "DoD Warrior Games Open With 265 Participants, Celebrities". 2 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Jon Stewart to host Warrior Games opening at Soldier Field". Chicago Sun Times. 
  16. ^ "Injured Edinburgh veteran to compete in Warrior Games". www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com. 
  17. ^ Cohen, Julia Felsenthal, Adam Jason. "At the Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago, Winning Comes Second". Vogue. 
  18. ^ "Sitting Volleyball Results". 
  19. ^ "Go Army, Beat Navy! Army team wins gold in Warrior Games wheelchair basketball". 
  20. ^ Guha, Amita. "AF to Host 2018 Warrior Games". 
  21. ^ "2018 Warrior Games Sponsors". 
  22. ^ "Green Beans Coffee to be Official Coffee of 2018 Warrior Games". 
  23. ^ "2016 DoD Warrior Games Track and Field" (PDF). DoD Warrior Games. p. G-10. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  24. ^ Sherman, Paul. "Defense.gov - Warrior Games". archive.defense.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  25. ^ "Defense.gov Special Report: 2011 Warrior Games". archive.defense.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  26. ^ Starken, Cody T. (2012-05-01). "First lady welcomes competitors to 2012 Warrior Games". www.army.mil. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  27. ^ "Defense.gov Special Report: Warrior Games 2013". archive.defense.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  28. ^ Hillyer-Miles, Robin (2014-10-05). "Team Navy Brings Home 28 Medals from Warrior Games 2014". United States Navy. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  29. ^ "2015 DoD Warrior Games". www.defense.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  30. ^ Leonard, Shannon; Robin Hillyer-Miles, Robin (2016-06-16). "Team Navy Receives Warm Welcome at 2016 Warrior Games". United States Navy. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 
  31. ^ "Warrior Games". www.dodwarriorgames.com. Retrieved 2018-01-10. 

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