Navy Wounded Warrior Launches Esports Program to Support Rehabilitation and Community-Building
April 25, 2022 | Story by Megan Trexler | Commander, Navy Installations Command
WASHINGTON – Navy Wounded Warrior will launch a new initiative to support social ties among wounded warriors through esports. Navy Wounded Warrior Esports will provide a platform for wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to engage with the gaming community, build camaraderie and showcase their skills.
“Navy Wounded Warrior is excited to incorporate esports into our recreational offerings,” said Jenna Link, Director of Commander, Navy Installations Command’s Fleet and Family Readiness Casualty Support Programs. “This new venture will allow recovering service members to socialize and build personal connections through gaming. We can engage a new generation of enrollees through both in-person and online events as spectators and competitors alike.”
Esports offers great potential as a new and innovative channel of recreational activities to help wounded warriors stay engaged, build resilience and connect with their peers.
“The future of the Navy Wounded Warrior Esports program is exciting and demonstrates how the program has evolved,” said Refugio Orozco, branch head of Commander, Navy Installations Command’s Fleet and Family Readiness Marketing and Communications. “We’re really excited to create this unique opportunity to connect Sailors and Coast Guardsmen and help them forge new friendships through gaming. We are using cutting edge technology that gaming presents to allow new ways for them to socialize. We’ve only scratched the surface of what's to come.”
The Navy Wounded Warrior Esports Program will host their first in-person event on May 19, 2023, at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., featuring the fan-favorite game “Rocket League.”
Navy Wounded Warrior Esports is a testament to the Navy’s commitment to providing relevant and innovative support to its service members and recognizing the unique challenges faced by the Navy Wounded Warrior community.
Program Launch at NRSE RESET
Navy Wounded Warrior is hosting their first in-person esports tournament on Friday, May 19, in Mayport, Florida! During the event, Wounded Warriors will go head-to-head in a day-long tournament featuring fan-favorite Rocket League.
In addition to the thrill of competition, this event is also a great opportunity for Navy Wounded Warrior enrollees to connect with others who share a passion for gaming.
Friday, May 19 at 1 p.m. ET
Naval Station Mayport, Beacon Community Center, Tortuga Conference Room
Rocket League Format: Single Elimination
Best of 3 Games
Team Size: 2
Total Players: 40
Rocket League Tournament Prizes
- First Place: $250 gift card per person
- Second Place: $150 gift card per person
- Sign Up & Participate Drawing: $150 (one winner)
The May 19 competition is open to Navy Wounded Warrior enrollees attending the in-person Navy Region Southeast 2023 RESET event. The tournament is on-site and limited to the first 40 eligible participants.
For questions regarding eligibility for future Navy Wounded Warrior Esports events, please contact us here.
Watch the live stream at Twitch.tv/NavyWoundedWarrior. Follow the channel for future live stream opportunities.
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Navy Wounded Warrior helps service members with serious, non-combat or combat related injuries and physical or psychological illnesses. The program offers individualized guidance on pay and benefits, caregiver resources, bedside travel, job training, childcare, and more, to encourage retention and return to duty or support a smooth transition to the VA should a medical condition prohibit continued service. Participation is voluntary and requires Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to either self-refer or be referred by their commands, chaplain, medical team, peers, or others for enrollment determination. Contact the call center at 855-NAVY-WWP (855-628-9997) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.