Sailors and Coast Guardsman may self-refer to the program or be referred by family members, command leadership or medical providers.
Fitness and teamwork are a way of life in the military. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life, often confining a service member to a hospital bed and significantly altering their physical capabilities.
Adaptive athletics are sports that have been modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. They help wounded warriors build strength and endurance, while also drawing inspiration from their teammates.
All wounded warriors enrolled in Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor 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 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. The invitation-only event includes competitions in archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field, and wheelchair basketball. The wounded warrior athletes have upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairments, serious illnesses, and/or post-traumatic stress.
The Warrior Games are presented by the Department of Defense and hosted by individual services on an annual rotational schedule. The Navy is hosting the 2017 Warrior Games.
The goal of the Warrior Games isn't necessarily to identify the most skilled athletes, but rather to demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.
Connect with the Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor adaptive sports coordinator via the call center at 855-NAVY WWP/855-628-9997 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine which activities are right for you. Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor hosts a series of adaptive athletic reconditioning camps at naval bases throughout the country that focus on strength training, nutrition and a variety of sports. Athletes of all ability levels are welcome. The program also involves enrollees in camps hosted by partner organizations and international competitions, such as the Invictus Games.