The 2017 Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games debuted its anthemic video highlighting the courage, sacrifice and dedication of the wounded warrior athletes who will participate in the 8th annual Warrior Games in Chicago, June 30 - July 8. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and legendary "Soul Man" singer Sam Moore, of Sam & Dave, sings the anthem and is accompanied by the Chicago Children's Choir.
The video, shot exclusively in the City of Chicago, was the first in a series of videos that will highlight athletes from each service who will participate in the games.
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Lance Cpl. Sarah Rudder is featured running through city streets on her running blade prosthetic, passing well known landmarks and being joined by Chicago residents. The video concludes with Rudder and fellow athletes representing each of the U.S. military services and Special Operations Command standing proud in Soldier Field.
"We are very excited to begin promoting the 2017 DoD Warrior Games in Chicago," said U.S. Navy Capt. Brent Breining, director of the 2017 DoD Warrior Games. "These videos will be shown throughout the Chicagoland area with the purpose of inviting the community to attend the events and support our wounded warrior athletes and their families."
The video is part of the "By Air, By Land or By Sea" campaign, which asks viewers how they will get to the games. It can be viewed at facebook.com/WarriorGames.
The DoD Warrior Games are an annual Paralympic-style event designed to showcase the resilient spirit of our nation's wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. Approximately 265 athletes representing teams from each branch of the United States military - Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard - along with athletes from Special Operations Command. Athletes from the United Kingdom and Australia will also participate in the competition. The Games provide a platform to showcase the benefits of adaptive sports and the DoD's warrior care programs.
To learn more about the 2017 DoD Warrior Games, visitdodwarriorgames.com.