2018 Warrior Games Under Way

The Department of Defense’s Ninth Annual Warrior Games are beginning at the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Sprints, Colorado. More than 300 athletes representing the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Special Operations Command along with soldiers from Australia, Great Britain and Canada will be competing in ten different adaptive sports competitions.

Editor’s Note: Six Grady College students from the Sports Media Certificate and Visual Journalism programs, are in Colorado covering the Warrior Games as part of their summer capstone courses.

Siblings (from left to right) John, Aniah and Ariana Berry enjoy lunch at the Holaday Athletic Center at the Air Force Academy on Friday, June 2, 2018, near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Berry family came to support their dad, Airman 1st Class John Berry IV. The Warrior Games were supposed to begin Friday, but it was postponed due to wind. (Photo/Miranda Daniel, Grady Sports Bureau)
Austin Lowell (right), 23, and Jesse Marquez, 49, project installers from Denver, put up a Warrior Games sign on the base of the basketball goal at the Department of Defense Warrior Games on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Signage could be seen all throughout the site of the 2018 games. (Photo/Christina R. Matacotta, crmatacotta@gmail.com)
Team United Kingdom’s wheelchair basketball team brings it in after a drill at the Department of Defense Warrior Games on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team ran a variety of drills throughout their practice while some loved ones looked on. (Photo/Christina R. Matacotta, Grady Sports Bureau)
Staff Sgt. Jason Pacheco, from Las Vegas, drinks water before putting on his prosthetic leg at the Department of Defense Warrior Games on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pacheco just finished practicing wheelchair basketball. (Photo/Christina R. Matacotta, Grady Sports Bureau)
Harvey Logan Holt, 4, walks the sidelines while his mother, Lucy Holt, a wheelchair basketball player, practices at the Department of Defense Warrior Games on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Daniel Holt, 30, with his son, Harvey Logan, travelled to the United States for the first time from Peterborough, United Kingdom to watch his wife Lucy compete. (Photo/Christina R. Matacotta, Grady Sports Bureau)
Team Army wheelchair basketball head coach Rodney Williams coaches members of the Army wheelchair basketball team competing in the ninth edition of the Department of Defense Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Warrior Games will host approximately 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in the competition. (Photo/Zoe L. Smith, Grady Sports Bureau)
Army Specialist Brent Garlic (left) from Vineland, New Jersey, listens to Team Army wheelchair basketball head coach Rodney Williams at a wheelchair basketball practice at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Garlic is an athlete for the nonth edition of the Department of Defense Warrior Games. (Photo/Zoe L. Smith, Grady Sports Bureau)
Team Army wheelchair basketball head coach Rodney Williams talks to members of the Army wheelchair basketball team competing in the ninth edition of the Department of Defense Warrior Games at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Warrior Games will host approximately 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to compete in the competition. (Photo/Zoe L. Smith, Grady Sports Bureau)
Army Specialist Brent Garlic from Vineland, New Jersey, talks to his teammates during their wheelchair basketball practice at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Garlic is an athlete for the ninth edition of the Department of Defense Warrior Games. (Photo/Zoe L. Smith, Grady Sports Bureau)
Captain Linda Jo Belsito of Maryland, coaches Master Gunnery Sergeant Carnell Martin, a member of Team Marine Crops, of Oceanside, California during a power lifting practice at the Warrior Games at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Wednesday, May 31, 2018. Around 300 active duty and veteran service members are competing in the 2018 Warrior Games. (Photo/Miranda Daniel, Grady Sports Bureau)
Gunnery Sgt. Douglas Godfrey Jr. (center), of San Diego, California, a member of Team Marine Corps, practices shooting at the Warrior Games at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Wednesday, May 31, 2018. His teammates, Staff Sgt. Jefferson Brink of Jacksonville, North Carolina, (left) and Staff Sgt. Anthony Reingoud of Oceanside, California, (right) practice alongside him. Around 300 active duty and veteran service members are competing in the 2018 Warrior Games. (Photo/Miranda Daniel, Grady Sports Bureau)
Sgt. Robert Oudone, a member of Team Marine Corps, of Camp Pendleton, California, talks with teammates and his coach during a power lifting practice at the Warrior Games at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Wednesday, May 31, 2018. Around 300 active duty and veteran service members are competing in the 2018 Warrior Games. (Photo/Miranda Daniel, Grady Sports Bureau)
Staff Sgt. Danielle Pothoof, a member of Team Marine Corps, of Springfield, Missouri, checks her phone while taking a break during sitting volleyball practice at the Warrior Games at the Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado on Wednesday, May 31, 2018. Around 300 active duty and veteran service members are competing in the 2018 Warrior Games. (Photo/Miranda Daniel, Grady Sports Bureau)
Coach Linda Jo Belsito, from Bethpage, New York, spots for Master Gunnery Sergeant Carnell Martin, from Los Angeles, at the Department of Defense Warrior Games on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado. Belsito coached Martin, shouting commands and encouragement, throughout the lift. (Photo/Christina R. Matacotta, Grady Sports Bureau)

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