Disabled Sports USA sponsors Team Warfighter Sports in a grueling 26.2 mile march on March 23rd in the desert of White Sands, New Mexico. Team will include a wounded warrior marching to honor his grandfather, a Philippine Scout in the original Battle of Bataan.
Rockville, Md.— Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA) announced today it will again sponsor a team of approximately 45 wounded warriors and support staff, at the 2014 Bataan Memorial Death March as part of DSUSA’s Warfighter Sports program. The grueling 26.2 mile march will take place Sunday, March 23 in the high desert of White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Team Warfighter Sports includes service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan will join more than 6,000 other active duty, retired military and civilian marchers to test their endurance and strength while raising awareness of the abilities of our nation’s wounded warriors. The majority of the warriors participating will be from major military hospitals including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., and Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX. Additionally, a wounded warrior injured in Iraq will march this year to honor his grandfather who was a Philippines Scout for the Army in the original Battle of Bataan in World War II. The warriors have sustained injuries including single or double arm and leg amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and other severe injuries.
This year marks the seventh consecutive year for DSUSA’s participation in the Bataan Memorial Death March to honor this generation’s military heroes. “Disabled Sports USA is honored to continue partnering with the Bataan Memorial Death March organizers to provide an opportunity for our nation’s wounded warriors to challenge themselves in one of the most demanding events they will attempt,” said Kirk M. Bauer, JD, executive director of DSUSA and disabled Vietnam veteran, who will also be participating for the sixth time in the march.
The Bataan Memorial Death March, now in its 25th year, honors World War II heroes who fought to protect the Philippines. The Warfighter Sports team is also supported by the event organizers and volunteers who come together to enable the service members to experience this challenging event.
About Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 60,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 40 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of more than 100 community-based chapters. For more information, visit http://archive.disabledsportsusa.org.
About Warfighter Sports
Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely wounded warriors in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.
Contributions cover all expenses for participation of the warrior and a family member, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals. Since 2003, more than 8,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit http://www.warfightersports.org.