2023 Warrior Games Challenge
The Department of Defense Warrior Games Challenge took place at NAS North Island in Coronado, Calif., June 2 - 12. This friendly intra-service competition highlights the exceptional physical skills and mental toughness of seriously wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran service members across the U.S. military.
Navy Wounded Warrior trained and organized Team Navy, which had 31 Sailors and 3 Coast Guardsmen on active and veteran status. They competed in 11 adaptive sports designed to meet the specific needs of people with serious wounds, injuries and illnesses. Athletes also represented the U.S. Army; U.S. Marines; U.S. Air Force, inclusive of U.S. Space Force; and U.S. Special Operations.
Team Navy came home with 83 medals: 29 Gold, 31 Silver and 22 Bronze medals. More importantly, they set personal records, surmounted challenges and grew friendships with other service members who have similar lived experiences to their own.
Team Navy is part of Navy Wounded Warrior's adaptive athletics program, which is open to service members and veterans in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard with serious wounds, injuries and illnesses, both physical and psychological. Recovering service members rebuild their strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates. Sports also help build self-esteem, lower stress levels and invite service members to rejoin a team environment.
Participation in Navy Wounded Warrior is voluntary and requires Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to self-refer or be referred by their commands, chaplain, medical team, peers, caregivers, or others for enrollment determination. Begin the process by phone at 855-NAVY-WWP (855-628-9997) or email via firstname.lastname@example.org.