Warrior Games

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 will take place in Chicago and will be hosted by the United States Navy. Chicago was chosen by the Navy over seven other potential sites in the United States.[9]


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

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


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  3. "Warrior Games presented by Deloitte". Team USA. United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. "Prince Harry starts off Warrior Games event in US". BBC. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  5. "Prince Harry launches Invictus Games for wounded servicemen". The Telegraph. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  6. "Warrior Games". U.S. Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  7. "Warrior Games". Facebook. U.S. Department of Defense. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. 1 2 "U.S. Military Academy to Host 2016 DoD Warrior Games". Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Defense. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. 1 2 "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. "2016 DoD Warrior Games Track and Field" (PDF). DoD Warrior Games. p. G-10. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
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