By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Julia A. Casper, Commander, Navy Installations Command, 2017 DoD Warrior Games Public Affairs
WASHINGTON -- The 8th annual Department of Defense Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Navy, will kick off this summer in Chicago as more than 250 wounded, ill, and injured from all branches of service compete in Paralympic-style athletic games in the Windy City, June 30-July 8.
The DoD is inviting support from all service members, veterans, organizations, families, caregivers, and all who support wounded warrior athletes to participate in the 2017 DoD Warrior Games Spirit Poster Challenge.
Designs will be accepted Jan. 17-Feb. 3. Submissions will be posted on the Warrior Games Facebook page for voting Feb. 13-17, and the top three posters will be determined by the number of "like." The winning designs will be announced on the Warrior Games Facebook page and website Feb. 21. The top posters will also be featured during the games this summer.
Submissions should include the 2017 DoD Warrior Games logo and #WarriorGames on the poster and submitted as a PDF file. Please do not use any copyright photos. All submissions must be received by midnight, Feb. 3. Winning posters will be requested to submit original design files. For additional questions and rules about the contest, visit http://www.dodwarriorgames.com/Content/docs/WarriorGames17posterchallenge.pdf.
The DoD Warrior Games is an annual event recognizing the importance adaptive sports plays in the recovery of wounded warriors. Participation in the Warrior Games allows service members and veterans to build a supportive social network, developing relationships with other athletes with similar disabilities, giving them a sense of community and acceptance on their path to recovery. This is the first time the games will be played at public venues throughout the city of Chicago.
For more information on the DoD Warrior Games, visit http://dodwarriorgames.com/. The latest news also will be posted on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WarriorGames/.