United States Marines rehabilitating severe combat injuries recently competed in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and other sports during the 2012 Marine Corps Trials at Camp Pendleton in Southern California. After losing their limbs and mobility while serving our country, these Marines showed what it means to live life to the fullest as they competed to qualify for the 2012 Warrior Games.
To honor their service and sacrifices, more than twenty Verizon Wireless volunteers were on hand, hosting a wireless gaming zone and karaoke lounge. Nearly 1,000 Marines stopped by on their down time, playing video game apps on tablets, singing karaoke and watching it all on a high-definition television.
“Providing a space where Marines can relax and be themselves is important,” said Sgt. Ryan P. Cahill. “Thanks for taking care of us.”
The Warrior Games were created in 2010 for injured service members and veterans. According to United States Army Brig. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, assistant surgeon general for Warrior Care, “Adaptive sports and reconditioning activities play major roles in the recovery and healing process of wounded, ill and injured soldiers.” Athletes from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines compete for the gold in archery, shooting, swimming, sitting volleyball, track and field and wheelchair basketball.
The United States Olympic Committee is hosting the 2012 Warrior Games at their facilities in Colorado Springs, Colo. from April 30 through May 5.
Volunteering at the Warrior Games is part of Verizon Wireless’ ongoing efforts to support military men and women. Other Verizon Wireless efforts include:
- Ongoing support of veterans recovering at the Walter Reed National Medical Center, providing long distance calling cards to help them stay connected with family and friends.
- Providing a grant to Maine Troop Greeters, a nonprofit group of veterans that support returning troops as they arrive at the Bangor International Airport.