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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Disney Welcomes 2021 Dept. of Defense Warrior Games to ESPN Complex

 by Beth Keating



December 22, 2020


From Shades of Green, the Department of Defense resort on Disney property, to daily Flag Retreat ceremonies in the Town Square at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, The Walt Disney Company has had a long history of supporting military families and veterans.  In 2021, they’ll be extending that relationship by hosting the annual Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command announced that the games will be held in Florida in September 2021, inviting hundreds of competitors from across the United States Armed Forces and ally nations to participate through adaptive sporting events, including wheelchair basketball, cycling, indoor rowing, wheelchair rugby and more.


According to Cappy Surette, Manager, Executive Communications, Walt Disney World Resort and Co-chair, Disney SALUTE Veteran Business Employee Resource Group, Disney will be donating the venue and services for the event.  


“These games truly embody and celebrate the resiliency and dedication of wounded, ill, and injured active duty and veteran military service members,” noted Surette. “And this event provides an opportunity for families, friends and supporters like you to see these incredible wounded warriors shine as they display their true warrior spirit through competitive sports.”


This continuing support for military families would no doubt please Walt Disney himself, who had a deep appreciation for the freedoms enjoyed in America, and protected by our military. Walt, for example, once said, “I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy, and freedom.”




Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.


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