The Invictus Games prove anything is possible

Seiya Mirande, Staff Writer

From May 8-12, the city of Orlando hosted the second annual Invictus Games.

The Invictus Games are a international event in which wounded, injured, and sick armed service personnel compete in a variety of Olympic-style events.

The games were founded by Prince Harry of Great Britain in 2014. He was inspired to create these games while watching the Warrior Games, a similar event held in the United States.

The word “Invictus” is Latin for “unconquered” or “undefeated.”

According to Prince Harry, the word “embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured, and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve.”

The focus of these games is not necessarily winning, but rather to inspire recovery and support, while generating a wider understanding and respect for wounded army personnel.

“The Games demonstrate the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and demonstrate life beyond disability,” said Harry.

The Invictus Games have some of the same sporting events as regular Olympic games do, but at the same time,the Invictus Games also introduces a multitude of other events, fit for the physically-disabled. Events such as wheelchair tennis and sitting volleyball are just a few of the events showcased.

The inaugural Invictus Games has created the blueprint for inspiring many more “wounded warriors” on their journey of recovery. Besides planning and hosting these games, Invictus Games Foundation also raises money for disabled servicemen in need.

Overall, the Invictus Games gives disabled veterans an opportunity to compete in various athletic events, while also demonstrating the courage and perseverance of people in the military. Through the power of sports, these games help the men and women competing both physically and psychologically.

The 2017 Invictus Games will be held in Toronto, Canada next September.

With the growing awareness and popularity of this event, the legacy of these games will likely live on.