Prince Harry will attend the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, St James’s Palace announced today. The Warrior Games, an event hosted by the United States Olympic Committee, is May 11-16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“We are excited that Prince Harry will be attending the fourth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte,” said USOC Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner. “The United States Olympic Committee and the Royal Foundation have been working together since last year on our shared mission to develop sustainable community programs in both the U.S. and the U.K. for people with physical disabilities, including our wounded veterans and service members. Prince Harry is personally committed to help expand these programs, and we are honored to have him participate in the event.”
Approximately 260 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in seven sports over the six-day competition. Five U.S. teams will compete, with athletes representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as a sixth team from the United Kingdom - the British Armed Forces.
Competition is free and open to the public, while the Opening and Closing Ceremony are invitation only.
In addition to Deloitte, the presenting sponsor, the six-day event is also supported by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation, AT&T, BP, Budweiser and the Semper Fi Fund.
Prince Harry last made an official visit to the United States in May 2012. During the visit, Prince Harry attended a reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Washington, where he met teams of British and American veteran athletes who had taken part in the 2012 Warrior Games.
In recent years, Prince Harry has supported a number of charities that work in the field of rehabilitation of servicemen and women, including Walking with the Wounded, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Help for Heroes. Supporting military veterans is also one of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry's core aims.
To recognize the history and legacy of the Paralympic Movement, The Royal Foundation and the USOC formed a partnership in 2012 focused on providing physical activity for wounded warriors and persons with physical disabilities in the United Kingdom and United States.
The early stages of the partnership included inviting a United Kingdom team of wounded warriors to participate alongside U.S. service members at the USOC hosted Warrior Games; Prince Harry, Dr. Jill Biden and Ambassador Peter Westmacott hosting members of the 2012 Warrior Games teams at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and the co-hosting of a Paralympic legacy event during the Paralympic Games to raise funds for the development of ongoing physical activity programs for wounded warriors and youth with physical disabilities.
The Endeavour Fund of The Royal Foundation is focused on inspiring many more wounded servicemen and women to explore new physical challenges as part of their recovery; rebuilding their confidence and looking forward with optimism to the next chapter of their lives.