SAN ANTONIO – An international event combining two of San Antonio’s passions – sports and the military – is coming to town next year.
The international Warrior Games will showcase soldiers who are recovering from serious injuries or illnesses.
“This is an important part of a solider’s recovery after being wounded,” says Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
Athletes from all branches of the U.S. military will be competing in venues across San Antonio. A group of international solders will join them.
Competition to get one of the 300 slots is fierce.
“I’m really excited for it to come to San Antonio,” says specialist Katelyn Adams, a 25-year-old Austin native. “I want to be able to watch it if I can’t do it.”
Adams, who is stationed in San Antonio and has spent six years in the Army, suffers from degenerating discs in her back. She has also has had two hip surgeries. Still, she hopes to compete in floor volleyball, wheelchair basketball and weightlifting.
“It would be amazing. It’s honestly something that’s really challenging, being able to do this and get to know what other people go through,” she says. “It’s so fun. It’s a game, but it’s a sport.”
The rivalry between the service branches figures to be intense.
“One of the things you’re going to get to see in these games is that rivalry between the services,” says County Commissioner Kevin Wolff, who notes at the end of the competition, “what you’ll really be seeing is one family.”
There is a different type of competition too, one between Tampa, which hosted this year’s games, and San Antonio,
“I have to admit they put on a pretty good show,” Wolff says of Tampa, where he got to see some of the competition. “I am challenging this entire community to step up and show not only this country, but our world, who is Military City USA and who supports their military better than anybody else.”
Next year will be the 10th Warrior Games. It will also be the city’s first time to partner with the Marines and host the games. It likely won’t be the last.
“There’s not a better place in the world to host these kinds of games than San Antonio, Texas,” Nirenberg says. “I think they’re going to be impressed. They’re not going to want to go anywhere else.”
The week-long games begin on Sept. 21, 2020.
The Alamodome, Convention Center and Morgan’s Wonderland, which hosted today’s kickoff announcement, are a few of the local venues scheduled to host more than a dozen sports that make up the Warrior Games.
Article originally published by News 4 SA – Jim Lefko