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39 Navy Athletes Competing In 2017 Department Of Defense Warrior Games
Updated July 10, 2017 6:48 AM
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(CHICAGO) - Thirty-nine Team Navy athletes are competing in the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago.

The Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans includes archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball.

While the athletes are competing for gold, the adaptive sports and the Games are about more than just winning. For some, the experience has been life changing and lifesaving.

Approximately 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command, as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces and the Australian Defence Force are competing until July 8 in Chicago.

Background

They're among 39 athletes who are competing on behalf of Team Navy in the annual Warrior Games - an event that introduces wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans to Paralympic-style sports. Approximately 225 service members and veterans from the U.S. military, as well as the United Kingdom and Australia are competing.

The Navy, in partnership with the city of Chicago, is hosting this year's event, which marks the first time the DoD Warrior Games have been held off a military installation. The Games demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports and provides a tremendous healing power for athletes. The competition provides a means to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect of those who serve their country.

Team Navy is comprised of athletes from Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor, the Navy's sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill, and injured Sailors and Coast Guard members, providing resources and support to their families.

For more information about Team Navy, contact the team's public affairs officer Kyle Malloy at (319) 210-8388 and visit http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/06/30/team-navy-competes-at-2017-dod-warrior-games



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