The 2010 Warrior Games, a joint effort between the U.S. Olympic
Committee (USOC) and the Department of Defense (DoD), was named the Best New
Sports Event by SportsTravel magazine.
“Recognition of the Warrior Games is recognition for our
nation’s finest who serve in the Armed Forces,” Scott Blackmun, USOC
chief executive officer, stated in a news release. “The USOC, DoD and
United Service Organizations are honored to provide opportunities through
physical activity and sport that assist in the rehabilitation process and get
these heroic men and women back to living full and productive lives.”
A total of 189 wounded, injured and ill servicemen and women from all
five service branches competed in the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10-14 in Colorado
Springs, Colo. The goal of the competition was to inspire recovery, capitalize
on physical fitness, and promote new opportunities for growth and achievement.
The Warrior Games demonstrate the continued role physical fitness can play in
service members’ lives regardless of injury.
The Warrior Games will return to Colorado Springs in 2011, and 200
members of all five service branches are expected to compete in seven sports.
“We are pleased to recognize these superior sporting events. Each
of the winners is a prime example of achieving excellence in organization and
management for both competitors and spectators,” Timothy Schneider,
publisher of SportsTravel magazine, stated.