New York, NY – Two sites with a proud history of honoring heroes and celebrating excellence have been selected to host the Department of Defense Warrior Games in 2022 and 2023. U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) has named San Antonio as host city for the 2022 DoD Warrior Games. The Pro Football Hall of Fame will host the 2023 Games. United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce (USVCC) is the organizer and co-host for both events.
First held in 2010, the Warrior Games brings together more than 300 wounded, ill or injured athletes, including many from international allied nations. The active duty and veteran service members — representing the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Special Operations Command — will compete in wheelchair basketball, cycling, swimming, powerlifting, wheelchair rugby and other adaptive events. The Games aid the athletes’ recovery process and facilitate a sense of camaraderie and community.
“We are honored to have a leadership role in the ’22 and ’23 Games,” said Paul “Bud” Bucha, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and Chairman of USVCC. “These ‘warriors’ are a very special part of our community who are stalwarts of honor, courage and commitment.”
San Antonio had been chosen to host the 2020 DoD Warrior Games, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced their cancellation.
“On behalf of the citizens of our great city, I am both proud and excited to announce that San Antonio, Texas, Military City USA, has been chosen as the host for the 2022 Department of Defense Warrior Games!,” said Ron Nirenberg, Mayor of San Antonio. “While disappointed with the cancellation of the 2020 Games, this announcement is welcome news for our community. We look forward to collaborating with the USVCC, San Antonio Sports, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the military and our community partners to produce a world-class event showcasing our great city, our military partners and the community supporters who call San Antonio home.”
San Antonio Sports, the nonprofit organization that serves as the city’s sports commission, will coordinate sport and venue management of the games, including staffing and volunteers.
“Canton and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have a longstanding tradition of honoring excellence and honoring heroes,” said David Baker, President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Those who participate understand the Warrior Games honor not only heroes in competition, but also all heroes who have fought and sacrificed on behalf of the safety and freedom for us and our families.”
Events will be open to the public. Competition schedules and venues will be announced in the future.
USVCC’s Paul “Bud” Bucha has also been appointed as the Chairman/CEO of both these Warrior Games initiatives.
The 2021 DoD Warrior Games will be hosted by the U.S. Army at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando in September. For more information on the Games, click here.
CONTACT Adrian Guglielmo, Co-Founder, USVCC