The Warrior Games have taken place annually since 2010. It was created by John Wordin working with Gen. Gary Cheek (U.S. Army) while participating in the Ride 2 Recovery 2009 Texas Challenge. Subsequently, a meeting was held at the Pentagon with USO (Sloan Gibson, Kevin Wensing, Jeff Hill) Gen Cheek, Gen. David Blackledge and Sgt. James Shriver. Soon USMC Col. Greg Boyle and the United States Olympic Committee got involved and the first event was hosted at the US Olympic Training Center which hosted through 2014 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Britain's Prince Harry, at the time serving as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the British Army, opened the 2013 Games, which inspired him to create the Invictus Games, an international counterpart to the Warrior Games with national representations.
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.
In 2017, the event took place in Chicago and was hosted by the United States Navy. Chicago was chosen by the Navy over seven other potential sites in the United States. It was the first time that the games were held off a military base or U.S. Olympic training facility. Sponsors of the games included Boeing, Fisher House, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, United Airlines, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and many other companies.
Jon Stewart emceed the opening ceremonies which was followed by a concert by Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. The attendance at the opening ceremony, which included a video message from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was roughly 10,000. Blues artist Sam Moore sang God Bless America and Soul Man.
Leticia L. Vega, a Marine sergeant on the Special Operations Command team, took a medal in each event in which she competed.
The United States Navy team beat the United States Army team in the finals for sitting volleyball.
The United States Army team beat the United States Navy team in the finals for wheelchair basketball.
The Air Force hosted the 2018 Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy in June 2018. Sponsors of the games include Green Beans Coffee, Fisher House, Amazon, Under Armour, Dove and many other companies.
- Field: Events included men's and women's shot put, standing shot put, seated discus, and standing discus.
- Sitting volleyball
- Swimming: Events included men's and women's 50 meter freestyle, 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter backstroke, and 50 meter breaststroke.
- Track: Events included 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and 1500 meters. There were events for athletes using wheelchairs and those using prosthetics.
- Wheelchair basketball
In 2019, there will be 14 sports: archery, cycling, time-trial cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, ﬁeld, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting, golf, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby.[needs update]
List of Warrior Games
|2010||May 10–14||Colorado Springs, Colorado||200||United States Olympic Committee|| United States Armed Forces
|2011||May 16–21||200+|| United States Armed Forces
|2012||April 30–May 5||200+|| United States Armed Forces
|2013||May 11–16||200+|| United States Armed Forces
|2014||September 28–October 4||200+|| United States Armed Forces
|2015||June 19–28||Quantico, Virginia||250||United States Department of Defense|| United States Armed Forces
|2016||June 15–22||West Point, New York||250||United States Army|| United States Armed Forces
|2017||July 1–9||Chicago, Illinois||265||United States Navy|| United States Armed Forces
|2018||June 2–9||Air Force Academy, Colorado||265||United States Air Force|| United States Armed Forces
|2019||June 21–30||Tampa, Florida||U.S. Special Operations Command|| United States Armed Forces
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