Written by Erich Langer
Colorado Springs, CO – The U.S. Army’s Warrior Transition Command (WTC) announced the selection of wounded warrior athletes that will represent the Army at the 2011 Warrior Games. The Army team consists of active and reserve component Soldiers stationed in commands around the world as well as Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Soldiers and Veterans.
The competition, which is a joint effort between the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Department of Defense, will take place May 16th-21st, 2011, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The second annual Warrior Games will feature 200 wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers from all branches of the U.S. armed forces. Competitors will compete in several sports including shooting, swimming, archery, track and field, cycling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.
“Working with the USOC team for the benefit of our Army athletes is truly inspiring,” said Brig. Gen. Darrel Williams, WTC Commanding General. “Warrior Games 2010 was an overwhelming success for athletes, Families and spectators. I am excited for the opportunity our Army team will have to compete and win at the USOC National Training Center in May. I am confident that the memories our athletes will make will be carried with them for a lifetime.”
The concept for Warrior Games was conceived in 2009 with inspiration from former WTC Commander, Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek, USOC, United Services Organization and Ride 2 Recovery with the goal of empowering wounded warriors to use adaptive sport to accelerate the healing and rehabilitation process.
“Warrior Games has proven to be a galvanizing effort that has helped Warrior Transition Unit Soldiers and AW2 Veterans get excited and motivated about participating and competing in sport,” said MSG James Shiver, Warrior Transition Command non-commissioned Officer-in-Charge of Adaptive Sports. “Physical activity has been proven to be important in mental and physical well-being; and, if we can help facilitate Soldiers getting off the couch and away from video games and other sedentary activities, everyone will benefit.”
The Fort Campbell Wounded Warriors Selected For The Army Team
- SGT James Arnold, SRMC/Campbell
- SSG Joseph Lowery, SRMC/Campbell
- 1LT Elizabeth Merwin, SRMC/Campbell
- SPC Jasmine Perry, SRMC/Campbell
- SFC Landon Ranker, SRMC/Campbell