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World Sport Chicago to Host 2nd Annual Valor Games Midwest, August 13th-15th (May 24, 2012)

World Sport Chicago, the legacy organization of the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games bid, is set to host 150 American service members in the 2nd Annual Valor Games August 13th-15th at Soldier Field.

The three day event is an adaptive competition open to service members and veterans who are wounded, ill or injured and wish to compete in or explore organized sports. Activities include cycling, archery, Paralympic judo, wheelchair basketball and sled hockey among others. Additionally, the event will feature a Veterans Career Hiring Fair aimed to offer employment resources and opportunities for those in attendance.

In its inaugural year, the Valor Games Midwest drew 100 participating athletes and more than 5,000 spectators. Given the success of last year’s event, planning officials expect this year’s numbers to grow even more.

Susan Katz, Director  of Paralympic and Disability Sport at World Sport Chicago and a 2004 Paralympic Games gold medalist says if the event, “We were impressed by our athletes’ enthusiasm and dedication during last year’s games and look forward to this year’s competition. We are continuing Chicago’s tradition of welcoming service members and disabled veterans across the Midwest and hope to inspire participants through sports.”

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