Last autumn, as part of the Joining Forces Initiative, Dr. Jill Biden led a Presidential Delegation to the very first Invictus Games in London, England.
Spearheaded by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games were an incredible, Olympic-style, adaptive sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured active-duty and veteran service members. During the closing ceremony of the games, Prince Harry noted that Invictus “shone a spotlight on the unconquerable character of servicemen and women and their families – their Invictus spirit.”
That is why we're so pleased that today, Prince Harry announced the Invictus spirit will be showcased in the United States, when Orlando, Florida plays host to the 2nd Invictus Games in May 2016. Under the leadership of Ken Fisher, and hosted by the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney World, the United States will host athletes and their families from 13 countries in what is sure to be an inspiring event!
Dr. Jill Biden congratulates wheelchair basketball players at the Invictus Games in London, UK, September 13, 2014. (Photo by James Pan, State Department)
Dr. Jill Biden awards medals to US Team swimmers after winning the silver at the Invictus Games in London, UK, September 14, 2014. (Photo by James Pan, State Department)
Colonel (select) Nicole Malachowski, USAF, is the Executive Director of Joining Forces. Ms. Rory Brosius is the Deputy Director of Joining Forces. Lieutenant Commander Kate Higgins-Bloom, USCG, is a White House Fellow at Joining Forces.