The 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, starting August 19.
The 10-day event, held annually since 2010, celebrates the dedication of wounded, ill and injured active duty and veteran U.S. military service members. Hundreds of athletes, including those from international allied nations, will compete in adaptive sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, and sitting volleyball among others during the games.
“On behalf of the U.S. Army, we are truly honored to host the Department of Defense 2022 Warrior Games,” said Gen. Paul Funk II, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. “Our incredible warrior athletes have overcome tremendous obstacles and we are excited to watch their resiliency and dedication in action. They represent the very best of our nation.”
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been donated for use and serving as a Warrior Games venue for the first time. It previously hosted the 2016 Invictus Games and was scheduled to host the 2021 Warrior Games but was cancelled due to COVID concerns. The 2022 Warrior Games will again be open to the public. The Warrior Games serve to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of those wounded by providing them exposure to adaptive sports. Participation in the Warrior Games represents the culmination of a service member’s involvement in an adaptive sports program.
“These courageous service members, injured during their military duty, have demonstrated their resilience and an ability to overcome unthinkable obstacles,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “They are the truest definition of the warrior’s spirit, and we are honored to welcome them to the Warrior Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports this summer.”