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Disney Proudly Hosted Department of Defense Warrior Games in Orlando

Warrior Games Walt Disney World OrlandoWalt Disney World Resort said they proudly hosted the 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games athletes last month in Orlando, even celebrating the arrival of the Warrior Games with a parade at Magic Kingdom Park. Commanding General of United States Army’s Training and Doctrine Command General Paul E. Funk joined several athletes in serving as Grand Marshals for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade and the athletes took turns carrying the Warrior Games torch that lit the cauldron at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The participating athletes represented the Army, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, Canada and Ukraine that will compete in the Warrior Games along with the Marine Corps. Nearly 300 athletes from across the globe representing the U.S. military and ally nations reportedly arrived in Central Florida for the annual event.

The Warrior Games, first held in 2010, celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran U.S. military service members as they compete in adaptive sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball and others.

Hosted by Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, the event took place over nine days at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The Warrior Games is an adaptive-sports competition that highlights the exceptional physical skills and mental toughness of wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran service members.

The Games feature 12 adaptive sports including archery, cycling (both road race and time trials), shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, indoor rowing, powerlifting, and golf as an exhibition.

The event also serves as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors by providing them exposure to adaptive sports. Participation represents the culmination of a service member’s involvement in an adaptive sports program and demonstrates the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.

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