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25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition

Since 2010, The Warrior Games has allowed wounded warriors from each military branch to compete in Olympic style games each year. This year’s games are being held at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. from June 19-28. By utilizing the therapeutic power of sports, the games enable wounded, ill, and injured service members to showcase their athletic abilities.


Here are 25 photos that show why this event is one of the most inspiring in the world.

1. The Warrior Games are attended by senior government and military leadership such as former Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (center) and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. 

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Army Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade

2. There is an elaborate opening ceremony complete with the lighting of the cauldron to mark the beginning of the games.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Heather Kelly

3. Warrior athletes make up 6 teams including Army …

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Army

4. Air Force,

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Air Force

5. Marine Corps,

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition

6. Navy / Coast Guard,

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Katherine Hofman

7. Special Operations Command (SOCOM),

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devon Suits

8. And British Armed Forces.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan K. Reitzel

9. The crowd is packed with family, friends, and caregivers of the competitors.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan K. Reitzel

10. You are literally watching the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors taking place.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition

11. It’s also chance to see the long standing rivalry between military services.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Marine Corps

12. Events include archery …

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Carson Gramley

13. Wheelchair Basketball,

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault

14. And Cycling.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: US Army

15. Then there are Field events such as seated shot put, standing shot put, seated discus, and standing discus.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman

16. There’s track and field …

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Jennifer Spradlin

17. Shooting,

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Navy Lt. Michael Fallon

18. Sitting Volleyball,

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps

19. Swimming,

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown

20. And Wheelchair Rugby.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Joshua Sheppard

21. There’s even exhibition games that dignitaries and Olympic champions will play in, like Prince Harry of Wales and 3 time Olympic gold medalist Misty May Treanor.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Tyler Main

22. Beautiful medals are awarded to competitors.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition

23. Individual competitors can rack up medals.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition

24. And the team with the overall best performance is awarded the ‘Chairman’s Cup.’

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

25. No matter what the result, there is a powerful spirit of camaraderie.

25 photos showing why The Warrior Games is the world’s most inspiring competition
Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman

To learn more about the games, visit the Warrior Games website here.

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