The Warrior Games are coming to Chicago! A Paralympic-style competition for wounded, ill and injured active-duty service members and veterans, the Warrior Games are organized by the Department of Defense. Featuring over 260 athletes, the Games will be a fantastic celebration of our courageous service members and veterans. Here’s five reasons why you should attend the Warrior Games in Chicago:
1. Most events are free and open to the public
Two weeks of competition begins June 30 at McCormick Place with shooting, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Other sports include archery, field, cycling, track and swimming, with events at the United Center, Museum Campus, UIC and downtown Chicago.
Athletes will compete on seven teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command, the United Kingdom Armed Forces and Australian Defense Force.
2. The Opening Ceremonies and Concert will be held at Soldier Field, featuring Blake Shelton & Kelly Clarkson, with Jon Stewart as host
Talk about star-studded! The Opening Ceremony and Concert will begin at 7pm, with Grammy Award-winning artists Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson putting on a full concert with 60-minute performances each, with Jon Stewart as host.
All three celebrities have expressed their excitement for the event, with Jon Stewart saying it best: “Last year the Warrior Games were so impactful that I couldn’t wait to participate again as the master of ceremonies for the 2017 Games. This is a can’t-miss event for Chicago; join me in celebrating our nation’s service members.”
DoD Opening Ceremony and Concert tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster, and are on sale now!
3. This is the first year the Warrior Games will be held entirely outside of a military installation or U.S. Olympic Committee facility
These Warrior Games will be historic — the U.S. Navy in partnership with the City of Chicago are hosting the Games, marking the first time the competition will be held as a city-wide event and setting the bar for future Warrior Games.
4. The Warrior Games are family-oriented, with a special Family Day on Independence Day
Independence Day in Chicago is always a great time for families, and with special events taking place throughout the city on the Warrior Games Family Day, there is even more reason to celebrate downtown. Check the Warrior Games website for schedule updates and to learn more about the Warrior Games Family Program.
5. Support our service members and veterans
The Warrior Games were created in 2010 to help wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans overcome significant injuries and illnesses through participation in Paralympic-style sports. Adaptive sports not only help athletes build strength and endurance, but also to prove that life can continue after becoming wounded, ill or injured. The stories of these tremendous athletes and their service are incredible – come support them as they compete here in Chicago.
Learn more at dodgames.com.