ARLINGTON, Va. --
More than 150 wounded Marines gathered aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 21 for a chance to represent the Marine Corps at the annual Warrior Games later this year.
Riding a wave of victories from last year’s inaugural Warrior Games, the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment is sponsoring the first of its kind Marine Corps Trials to select the top 50 Marine athletes for the Paralympics-style competition.
U.S. Marines will go head-to-head in seven Paralympic sports, including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, and swimming with Marines from England and the Netherlands during the 10-day trial period.
The trials are also a competition of their own. Four teams – east, west, veteran and international – will compete for team gold in a competitive sports setting.
Marine officials said the trials would foster the wounded Marines’ resolve in a team setting, which can be an important step in their recovery from multiple amputations and other traumatic injuries of war.
Marine athletes will be selected as members of the All-Marine team for the Warrior Games. The Warrior Games, a competition between all branches of service for wounded, ill, and injured service members, will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado May 16-22, 2011.