In 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) created the Warrior Games to introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to paralympic-style sports. For the first time, the 2017 DoD Warrior Games arrived in Chicago. JSSI was an official Friend of the Games.
From June 30–July 8, 2017, approximately 265 athletes descended on Chicago to participate in the 2017 DoD Warrior Games; representing the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command, as well as the UK’s Armed Forces and Australian Defence Force. The Games, which are co-hosted by the U.S. Navy and the city of Chicago, included eight sports, 600 family members, 1,000 volunteers, more than 50 distinguished visitors and tens of thousands of spectators, in addition to the athletes.
The Games center around eight adaptive sports: archery, cycling, field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and wheelchair basketball. Participants competed at various venues across Chicago, including Soldier Field, McCormick Place Convention Center, the United Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago Natatorium and Lane Tech Academy.
JSSI is committed to helping veterans transition into the workforce and was delighted to support the 2017 DoD Warrior Games. The Games showcase the resilient spirit of today’s wounded, ill or injured service members from all branches of the military. After overcoming significant injuries and illnesses, these athletes prove that life can continue after becoming wounded, ill and injured.
For more details on the DoD Warrior Games, visit the official website here.