More than 120 wounded, ill and injured soldiers from Fort Carson began competing in the Commander Stakes Thursday morning. Beginning with wheelchair basketball, the event is scheduled to span two days and seven sports.
The event, hosted by the U.S. Paralympics, involves soldiers from Fort Carson’s Warrior Transition Battalion who are interested in competing in the 2012 Warrior Games. Events are being held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and Garry Berry Stadium.
SSgt. Muriel Droke played in the wheelchair basketball game Thursday morning. He says he learned the game from a Paralympic athlete. “I was injured before and I recovered from mine, but what happens is you lose that competitive part. You lose the toughness feeling that you have for being a soldier, so getting these games together and preparing for this hypes them [the soldiers] up.”
Other sports will include archery, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming and track and field events. An award ceremony will be held Friday afternoon.