Marines Net Gold to Conclude Sitting Event
2013 Warrior Games
Kristina Harter, Intern, Communications, Phone: (719) 228-6800,
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 16, 2013) – The Marine Corps grabbed the sitting volleyball gold
medal, sweeping Army, 25-21, 25-12, Wednesday evening at the U.S. Air Force
Academy Clune Arena in one of the final events of the 2013 Warrior Games.
squad took the silver medal, coached by two-time U.S. Paralympic Women’s
Sitting Volleyball silver medalists Kari Miller and Heather Erickson, and the
British Forces claimed the bronze in a three-set thriller over Navy (25-18,
23-25, 17-15) at the Cadet Gym.
more services that were represented during the four days of pool play include Air
Force, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and United Kingdom.
Games are designed to introduce injured service members and veterans to
Paralympic sport competition and encourage them to stay physically active when
they return to their local communities following the event.
volleyball was one of seven sports available in the Fourth Annual Warrior
Games. Approximately 260 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans
competed in the May 11-16 games in Colorado Springs, Colo.
many multi-sport events, the Warrior Games is about much more than competition
and medals. The Warrior Games
acts as a piece of the warriors’ recovery, SOCOM sitting volleyball coach and
USA Volleyball manager of indoor high performance, Denise Sheldon said. Tori Hoke, USA
Volleyball region services coordinator, and Stephanie Nichols, USA Volleyball events
assistant, were also part of the SOCOM coaching staff.
in particular, is sport that closely mirrors the team-driven experience that
the military provides,” Sheldon said. “Giving these men and women the
opportunity to work together to improve and accomplish common goals is a large
step to regaining independence after a life-altering injury or illness.”
Games are just a small part of a comprehensive program that aids service
members and veterans in their recovery and transition that targets not just the
physical but the mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of their
“Watching each Warrior improve their level of play also very
much means watching their quality of life improve as well,” Sheldon said, “and
there is nothing more inspiring than seeing what these brave men and women can
other USA Volleyball members involved in the Warrior Games include event
organizers, John Kessel (sports development director) and Leslee Harms (sports
development assistant), and scorekeepers, Margie Mara (senior director) and
George Egan (events manager).