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    Warrior games kicks off with volleyball

    Marines versus Navy sitting volleyball: Warrior Games 2014

    Photo By Devon Suits | Brett Peterson, the Marines sitting volleyball coach, jumps with excitement after the...... read more read more

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, UNITED STATES

    09.28.2014

    Story by Senior Airman Jette Carr 

    Defense Media Activity - Air Force     

    Colorado Spring, Colo. (AFNS) -- The 2014 Warrior Games kicked off with the seated volleyball competition at the United States Olympic Training Center, Sept. 28.

    The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style event in which wounded warrior’s from the Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army and Special Operations compete against each other in archery, basketball, cycling, track and field, swimming, shooting and volleyball.

    During the inaugural day, four games of volleyball were played between the services in a round-robin tournament.

    The Navy faced off against Special Operations and won both of their sets.

    “We did well for our first game and I’m happy about that,” said former Navy Lt. j.g. Laura Root. “We’ve worked really hard to improve our team, and we’re just hoping to come out here, have fun, and enjoy the game.”

    The Navy’s next opponent, the Marines, proved to be more of a challenge as they beat the Navy team 2-0.

    In the other gymnasium, the Air Force also came out on top in both of their games beating the Army 2-1 and Special Operations 2-0.

    For many of the athletes the games are more than the competition between teams.

    “The healing process for us is all about sports,” said Marine Sgt. Lakin Booker. “It’s about camaraderie, getting out there and not letting our injuries defeat us. We don’t worry about injuries. We have no injuries anymore; we’re all just another person out there on the court.”

    The seated volleyball tournament will continue until the gold medal game slated for Oct. 2.

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    Date Taken: 09.28.2014
    Date Posted: 09.29.2014 12:57
    Story ID: 143613
    Location: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US 

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