The Invictus Games is a Paralympic-style, multi-national event that is open to all wounded, injured and ill military personnel and Veterans. This is the second Invictus event that Fisher House Foundation has sponsored. At the inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014, Fisher House Foundation was not only a sponsor for the games, but also hosted the US family program, ensuring family members of our American athletes could share in the excitement and healing process.
“We see this as a continuation of our mission of building ‘homes away from home’ for our military and Veterans’ families,” said Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation, and Chairman of the Organizing Committee of Invictus Games Orlando 2016. “We make it possible for families to be together during a medical crisis, but we also want them to be there during the height of their recovery. These games, like America’s Warrior Games, have an amazing impact on the recovery and morale of both the athletes and families.”
The 2016 Invictus Games will feature 500 athletes from 15 nations: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the Unites States of America. Sports such as track and field, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery, swimming and many more, challenge our injured and ill military and Veterans to adapt to a “new normal,” long after the Games are over. Military or not, anyone who experiences the Games will walk away changed.
“I was so moved by the Invictus Games in London,” said Ken Fisher. “Not only were the families inspired and swept away by the excitement, but it was a chance to connect to other countries’ warriors and families. One of the athletes who won gold, silver and bronze medals in London said it perfectly, “We are all fighting the same battle and that battle is with ourselves—we are all winners.’”
To learn more about the Games or to purchase tickets, go to http://invictusgames2016.org/.