Warrior Games to host hundreds of wounded, injured veterans for week of sports competitions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — An elite competition is heading to Walt Disney World Resort beginning this weekend.


The 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, kicks off Friday at ESPN Wide World of Sports from Friday through Aug. 28.

The Warrior Games celebrates the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran U.S. military service members as they compete in adaptive sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball and more, according to a news release.

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Around 300 athletes from across the globe representing U.S. military and ally nations will participate, including some from Central Florida.

The games officially begin with an opening ceremony at The Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports. It will be hosted by comedian Jon Stewart and feature a performance by singer-songwriter Darius Rucker. A closing ceremony will take place on Aug. 28, also hosted by Stewart and featuring a performance by rock band American Authors.

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On Thursday, a parade at Magic Kingdom celebrated the arrival of the Warrior Games with participating athletes carrying the torch that will light the cauldron at the opening ceremony.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.