Coast Guard looking for athletes for 1st Warrior Games

The Coast Guard is looking for wounded Guardians interested in competing in the first-ever Warrior Games, an all services athletic competition modeled after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Last week, the Pentagon and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced the inaugural Warrior Games will be held in Colorado Springs this May.

WarriorGamesTwo-hundred athletes representing all five military services will compete in events including shooting, swimming, archery, track, discus, shot put, cycling, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and a pentathlon to determine the “Ultimate Warrior.”

Eligibility is open to all seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members from differing categories including: upper body injuries, lower body injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and post-traumatic stress. Eligibility is not limited to just combat wounded warriors; any seriously ill or injured Guardian is eligible to apply.

We want all our nation’s wounded warriors to strive to test new limits and achieve new goals as they demonstrate the power of ability over disability,” said Brig. Gen. Gary┬áCheek, commanding general of the U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command. “Our service members continually rise to the occasion both in the call to duty and in their efforts to recover from serious injury. The Warrior Games will provide a unique challenge for those who wish to learn more about adaptive sports and compete at a national level.

Coast Guard athletes will compete side-by-side with their Navy brethren as part of a Navy/Coast Guard team.

Interested athletes are encouraged to contact Navy Safe Harbor at safeharbor@navy.mil or call 703-695-0982. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2010.

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