Statement from USOC Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner on the Announcement of Prince Harry’s Visit

March 25, 2013


The following statement is attributable to United States Olympic Committee's (USOC) Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner on the announcement of Prince Harry's visit to the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte:


"We are excited that Prince Harry will be attending the fourth annual Warrior Games presented by Deloitte," said Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner. "The United States Olympic Committee and the Royal Foundation have been working together since last year on our shared mission to develop sustainable community programs in both the U.S. and the U.K. for people with physical disabilities, including our wounded veterans and service members. Prince Harry is personally committed to help expand these programs, and we are honored to have him participate in the event."


BACKGROUND

 

The Warrior Games will take place May 11-16 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Approximately 260 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in seven sports over the six-day competition. Five U.S. teams will compete, with athletes representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as a sixth team from the United Kingdom - the British Armed Forces.


In addition to Deloitte, the presenting sponsor, the six-day event is also supported by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation, AT&T, BP, Budweiser and the Semper Fi Fund.


To recognize the history and legacy of the Paralympic Movement, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and the United States Olympic Committee formed a partnership in 2012 focused on providing physical activity for wounded warriors and persons with physical disabilities in the United Kingdom and United States. This included inviting a United Kingdom team of wounded warriors to participate alongside U.S. service members at the USOC hosted Warrior Games; Prince Harry, Dr. Jill Biden and Ambassador Peter Westmacott hosting members of the 2012 Warrior Games team at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and the co-hosting of a Paralympic legacy event during the London Paralympic Games to raise funds for the development of ongoing physical activity programs for wounded warriors and youth with physical disabilities.


The Endeavour Fund of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is focused on inspiring many more wounded Servicemen and women to explore new physical challenges as part of their recovery; rebuilding their confidence and looking forward with optimism to the next chapter of their lives.


Media interested in attending the 2013 Warrior Games can register for credentials online at teamusa.org/WarriorGames/


For more information, please contact Beth Bourgeois, U.S. Paralympics, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text62180+'<\/a>'; //--> or 719-866-2039.