Our First Pictures from the Warrior Games!

The Olympic torch is lit, signifying the opening of the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

The Warrior Games are well underway in Colorado Springs, CO, and we couldn’t be more proud of these amazing athletes!

As the first day of events wrapped up, the competition grew fierce, as the Marines gave a strong showing in wheelchair basketball and volleyball games showing no clear leader yet. Billy Demby, Marine Basketball Coach had this to say about his team’s first day on the hardwood:  “I think it this event is great and it is very much needed.  I think with this, the guys will leave the hospital and go home and be a good member of society and I think this will help them not only be physically able but mentally able as well, so I think all this plays a part.”

We’ll keep you updated on each day’s events!  In the meantime, enjoy a photo essay from the opening ceremonies…

Army passes the torch to players from the Marines team, the torch was relayed down the Olympic path by a representative of each warrior team, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

USO President and CEO Sloan D. Gibson (L) and Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner (R) address the crowd during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo mingles with service members and warrior athletes during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

NFL great and Hall of Famer Roger Staubach shares a private moment with one of the warrior athletes competing in the 2010 Warrior Games, May 10, 2010. (USO Photo by Michael Pach)

6 thoughts on “Our First Pictures from the Warrior Games!

  1. I hope the Warrior Games become a yearly event!! Thank you to all who made this happen! My Congratulations to all the heroes who participated in the Games!

  2. I appreciate our veterans and their sacrifice to our country. I also appreciate the USO for all they do for them. I am proud to be a member myself.

  3. My husband Sgt. Ricardo Bengochea is competing in the Warriro Games. He was wounded by cancer last year and to compete is a big step in his recovery. He is not by far out the woods from the cancer, but to see him doing something he hasn’t been able to do in a year come July shows he is getting back into the fight. He is a Marine and the Marine Corps is love, but he will always put me and the kids fisrt.

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