The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) hosts the DoD Warrior Games for the first time June 21-30, 2019. More than 400 wounded, injured, and ill athletes from each of the four U.S. military services, USSOCOM, and six partner nations converge in the greater Tampa Bay area for the DoD's premier annual military adaptive sports program (MASP) competition.

MASP provides reconditioning activities and competitive athletic opportunities to wounded, injured, and ill service members designed to improve their physical and mental quality of life throughout the continuum of their recovery and transition. Sports engage wounded, injured, and ill service members early in individualized physical and cognitive activities outside of traditional therapy settings. The benefits of physical activity for these service members include reduced stress, increased quality of life, and enhancement of the rehabilitative process.

Participation in the DoD Warrior Games is the pinnacle of a service member's athletic involvement in their service's MASP. For many current athletes, the Tampa Bay games serve as the seminal event on their road to recovery and wellness.

The closing and opening ceremonies, as well as all 14 of the adaptive sports competitions, are open to the public.

Golf makes its inaugural entrance into the games and joins the following adaptive sports; archery, wheelchair basketball, road cycling, time-trial cycling, field, powerlifting, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track, and wheelchair tennis.

Participating partner militaries at the 2019 DoD Warrior Games include the United Kingdom Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, New Zealand Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Danish Defence Force, and the Netherlands Defence Force will also compete. The 2019 DoD Warrior Games marks the seventh competition for the U.K, third for Australia and New Zealand, second for Canada, and first for Denmark and the Netherlands.

The best volunteers for the DoD Warrior Games are spectators who cheer on the athletes at each event. Spectators will join more than 1,100 athlete family members to inspire and motivate Warrior Games athletes during their competitions. Visit dodwarriorgames.com to learn more about opportunities to attend events throughout the 10-day competition in Tampa Bay.