The competition kicked of Friday, Aug. 19, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Nearly 300 wounded, ill and injured active-duty and veteran military service members are competing in the 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games this week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World.
The games kicked off Friday, Aug. 19, with athletes from the U.S. and ally nations facing off in adaptive sporting events such as wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball and more.
Most events are taking place within the 220-acre sports complex, which The Walt Disney Company donated for use and serves as a venue for the first time in Warrior Games' 12-year history.
"Disney has a long-standing history with the military, and supporting the Warrior Games is just one of the ways we show our appreciation to the heroic veterans and service members who will fiercely demonstrate their grit and fighting spirit to the world during this event," said Faron Kelley, Vice President of Sports, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Water Parks at Walt Disney World Resort.
The annual competition kicked off with an opening ceremony hosted by comedian Jon Stewart and featured a performance by country-music star Darius Rucker. Stewart returns to host the closing ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 28, and will be joined by featured performer American Authors.
The Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command, celebrates the resiliency and dedication of these athletes and provides a means to enhance recovery from physical and mental injuries. Teams from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Special Operations Command and international ally nations will compete.
For comprehensive coverage of the Warrior Games through Aug. 28 on ESPN+, go to espnplus.com..
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