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2022 Adaptive Sports Camp

Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Camp Set for March 2022

March 6, 2022 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command

Twenty-two recovering wounded, ill or injured Sailors and Coast Guards participated and trained at the week-long camp from March 6-12, 2022 at Port Hueneme, California. Warriors participated in a series of sports including archery, cycling, golf, indoor rowing, shooting, swimming, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball.

The Adaptive Sports Camp introduced participants to athletic activities modified to meet the abilities for the individuals to enhance their recovery. The goal of the camp was to help wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates.

“We encourage all of our wounded warriors to participate in the (adaptive sports) program. For many, this is a lifeline for them during their recovery journey,” said Lizbeth Opiola, Navy Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports and Recreation program analysis. “The events allow them to be around other people that know what it’s like to be injured or ill.” Opiola continued, “It helps establish a bond that some feel like they may have lost due to their injury or illness.”

For many participants, this was the first adaptive sports event before they will compete in the 2022 Navy Team Trials held from May 15-27 in San Diego, California. The Navy Team Trials are used to identify which athletes will be selected to represent Team Navy during the 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games in mid-August.

Navy Wounded Warrior is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and providing resources and support to their families.

All wounded warriors enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior are encouraged to include adaptive athletics in their recovery plans to build strength and endurance. Sports also helps build self-esteem, lowers stress levels and prevents secondary medical conditions from developing.

The Department of Defense Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition among more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as from international armed forces.

Adaptive Sports Intro Camp March 2022 Photos









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