ALEXANDRIA, Va.† -- The 2013 Warrior Games are slated for May 11 to 17, Colorado Springs, Colo. More than 200 wounded, ill and injured servicemembers and veterans are expected to participate in 2013 games.

The competition will feature the following teams from the United States - Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, and Special Operations - along with an international team from the United Kingdom.

Athletes will compete in sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, swimming, cycling, track and field, archery and competitive shooting. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the athletes or team members who place first, second and third in each event. The service with the most medals receives the Chairmanís Cup.

Adaptive sports and reconditioning are linked to a variety of benefits for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers across all branches of the military: less stress, reduced dependency on pain and depression medication, fewer secondary medical conditions (such as diabetes, hypertension), higher achievement in education and employment, increased independence, increased self-confidence, and increased mobility.

The 2013 Warrior Games opening ceremony on May 11, will be at the Olympic Training Center.

The ceremony, as well as the Warrior Games, are free and open to the public.

Information about the Army team selection and the 2013 Warrior Games will be provided in the coming months at the Warrior Transition Command Road to Warrior Games page at http://www.wtc.army.mil/about_us/warriorgames2013.html, and U.S.

For information, photographs and videos about the Armyís 2012 Warrior Games athletes, go to www.dvidshub.net/search?q=warrior+games+2012.

Warrior Games was created in 2010 as an introduction to adaptive sports and reconditioning activities for servicemembers and veterans.