Britain’s Prince Harry announced from London that the Invictus Games will be held May 8-12, 2016, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.
The Invictus Games is the only international adaptive sporting event for injured active duty and veteran service members. It uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country as well as their families and caregivers.
The word “Invictus” means “unconquered.” It embodies the fighting spirit of wounded, ill and injured military service personnel who are on the journey to recovery.
Invictus Games Orlando 2016 will bring together more than 400 competitors from up to 14 nations to compete in 10 sports – archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
“Disney is proud to host the 2016 Invictus Games Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and support service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort.
The Invictus Games Foundation awarded the 2016 Games to Orlando because of the area’s great tourism infrastructure and Disney’s outstanding sporting facilities. The Orlando area also has a large veteran population and is home to the Orlando VA Medical Center, which serves over 90,000 veterans.
“I am absolutely delighted to announce that the United States has taken up the challenge and will host the next Invictus Games near Orlando, Florida,” said Prince Harry. “I can’t wait to see the American public supporting these inspirational men and women at the next Games. And what better place to host such a great family event than Orlando.”
This is quite an honor for Orlando and Walt Disney World to host these games. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but we will let you know when they are. For more information on the Invictus Games, visit invictusgames2016.com.
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