Warrior Games Tampa

Soroptimist of Tampa Volunteering at the 2019 Warrior Games

Soroptimists from the Tampa Bay area volunteered in support of the 2019 DOD Warrior Games held the last week of June in Tampa. The 2019 DOD Warrior Games, sponsored by U.S. Special Forces Command (SOCOM) showcased more than 300 wounded warrior athletes comprising teams from the various service branches as well as international competitors from countries such as Canada, UK, Denmark, The Netherlands and Australia.

"My feet hurt", said Mitch, spouse of Trish Wild, after he stood for close to 8 hours straight guarding the seated volleyball court lines, "but I'm grateful I have two feet to stand on."  Throughout the day, each Soroptimist volunteer expressed similar sentiments, with that same sense of humility and appreciation. Witnessing the different service branch teams compete in adaptive sports is nothing short of incredible. It is with great patriotism that these men and women have served to protect our freedom. 

The level of competition at the DOD Warrior Games that officially began in 2010, replicates the Paralympic Games. This year’s Games spanned 10 days and showcased 14 different sporting events including track & field, powerlifting, wheelchair basketball and rugby as well as golf, archery, and cycling.