News>Air Force Academy, Colo. Springs to host 2013 Warrior Games
Senior Master Sgt. Mike Sanders (left) and Maj. Scott Bullis raise their hands as they cross the finish line during the recumbent cycling event of Warrior Games 2012 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 1, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Val Gempis)
Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera pulls up for a shot against the U.S.Army
during a Warrior Games wheelchair basketball contest at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., May 2, 2012. The Warrior Games provides a springboard for wounded veterans and service members to compete in Paralympic sports against other U.S. services. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Boitz)
Retired Staff Sgt. Michael Sanders (back right) and Stacy Pearsall, both with the Air Force team, attempt to block the ball during a sitting volleyball game against the Special Operations team at Warrior Games 2012 at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 1, 2012. Air Force won 41-14. (U.S. Air Force photo/Val Gempis)
12/12/2012 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The 2013 Warrior Games will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the Air Force Academy May 11 to 17, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Dec. 10.
More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans are expected to participate in 2013, comprising five U.S. teams representing the Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard, Marine Corps and special operations forces, as well as one team from the United Kingdom.
Teams will compete in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, swimming and track and field.
Charlie Huebner, the USOC's chief of Paralympics, said the committee is proud to again host the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs.
"Paralympic sport has a tremendously positive impact on individuals with physical disabilities, and the Warrior Games allows us to salute these fine young men and women who have served their countries honorably," Huebner said.
The opening ceremony will be held at the Olympic Training Center on May 11. The ceremony, as well as the Warrior Games competitions, will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.usparalympics.org or the Warrior Games' Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/WarriorGames.
The event is scheduled to occur during finals and cadet study days.
Sponsors include the Defense Department, the Department of Veterans Affairs, USO and other for-profit and non-profit organizations. (Courtesy of Air Force News Service. Information provided by the U.S. Olympic Committee)