Trials for wounded warriors to begin Feb. 24

By Richard Salomon, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs / Published February 17, 2017

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- For months, about 100 Air Force wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans have honed their skills in their chosen sport, with many overcoming significant hardships, in preparation for the Air Force Trials Feb. 24 to March 2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

The Air Force Trials is an adaptive and rehabilitative sports event designed to promote the mental and physical well-being of participants. The trials’ events include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, air pistol and rifle shooting, rowing, archery and cycling.

An additional 37 wounded warriors from the U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, Great Britain and Australia will also be among the mix of competitors at Nellis AFB. The Air Force athletes will be vying for a spot on the Air Force team that will compete at the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games in Chicago in June.

“It’s an honor to be part of this event and to work with these courageous men and women who everyday demonstrate resiliency and strength,” said Marsha Gonzales, Warrior Care Support Branch chief. “For many of the athletes, this competition is more about maximizing their abilities and striving for their personal best – not so much about winning or losing. Adaptive sports helps our wounded warriors get back into the game of life and physical activity.”