The Department of Defense (DoD) holds an annual adaptive-sports competition. This year is the 11TH Anniversary highlighting the exceptional physical skills and mental toughness of wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran service members.
The adaptive sports featured in the DoD Warrior Games are a part of the larger DoD Warrior Care program. Within this program, adaptive sports provide reconditioning activities and competitive athletic opportunities to all wounded, ill and injured service members to improve their physical mental and quality of life throughout the continuum of recovery and transition. Modified equipment and additional classification systems allow each athlete to compete, regardless of their injury or illness.
The U.S. Army, with support of Walt Disney World, was planning to host the 2021 DoD Warrior Games in Orlando at ESPN Wide World of Sports.
First and foremost, the Games are designed to enhance recovery by engaging wounded, ill, and injured service members outside of traditional therapy settings. The program hopes to inspire recovery and physical fitness and encourage new opportunities for growth and achievement. Second, the games raise awareness about the resources available through the DoD Warrior Care programs. The adaptive sports program is just one facet of the continuum of recovery and care our active-duty and veteran warriors receive.
The safety, health, and wellbeing of the athletes, families, staff, and coaches continues to be our top priority. To ensure the safety and health of everyone involved, the Secretary of the Army, at the recommendation of senior Army leaders, medical professionals, and key stakeholders, has made the decision to cancel the 2021 DoD Warrior Games.
To ensure the safety and health of everyone involved, the Secretary of the Army, at the recommendation of senior Army leaders, medical professionals, and key stakeholders, has made the decision to cancel the 2021 DoD Warrior Games.
We can’t comment on the medical status of athletes or families, but the decision to cancel the 2021 Warrior Games was made out of an abundance of caution related to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of everyone involved.
The Warrior Games planning team looked at all possible COVID mitigation efforts and made the decision to cancel the 2021 Warrior Games to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of all athletes, staff, family, and coaches involved.
The Warrior Games planning team has continuously monitored the COVID situation since the planning began last year. After careful consideration of many factors, including the state of the COVID outbreak in Florida, guidance from the Florida Department of Health and Johns Hopkins, we made the decision to cancel this year’s Games.
The Warrior Games is one component of the larger Warrior Care Programs through each of the United States military service branches. We will continue to support those programs and the recovery efforts provided to each of these warriors, as well as the tens of thousands of warriors they represent as we look forward to next year’s Games.
Each service branch is responsible for their adaptive sports programs, including fielding their teams for the Warrior Games, and the composition of those teams is at the discretion of each service branch. We will, however, ensure that 2021 does not count toward the 2-year eligibility of each athlete.
We haven’t announced any additional details for the 2022 Warrior Games. Our focus now is on ensuring we support the hundreds of athletes, as well as thousands of friends and family, in the coming weeks and months as the progress through their recovery.
Additional information can be found on https://www.dodwarriorgames.com
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