Rebels To Host Wounded Warriors Selection Camp
April 3, 2014
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV swimming and diving programs will be hosting the swimming portion of the 2014 Wounded Warrior Games Selection Camp on Monday, April 7 at Buchanan Natatorium. The selection camp, which will run from Monday-Friday and is held at several locations in the Las Vegas area, including Nellis AFB, will feature close to 100 athletes that will be competing for 40 spots on the USAF squad that will represent the Air Force at the 2014 Warrior Games.
Monday's meet will have warm-ups from 10-11 am, while the meet is scheduled to run from 11 am - 3 pm. Athletes will be competing in all four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) at the 50m distance, while the 100m freestyle will also be held. The staff and athletes from the UNLV swimming and diving program will be staffing the event, while the UNLV ROTC will also be involved in assisting with Monday's event, which is expected to be attended by both the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, and Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh.
The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization for wounded military veterans, and offers a variety of programs, events and services while also helping to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of the injured. The Warrior Games, which were first held in 2010, are designed to introduce injured service members and veterans to Paralympic sport competition and encourage them to stay physically active when they return to their local communities following the event. This year's Games will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., from Sept. 28-Oct. 4. Five teams will represent military at the Games: Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations. In addition to swimming, the teams will also compete in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting-volleyball, track & field and wheelchair basketball.