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President George W. Bush and Ken Fisher to meet with wounded warriors for announcement about 2016 Invictus Games Orlando

December 1, 2015

NEW YORK, New York

President George W. Bush and Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of the Invictus Games 2016, will watch a demonstration of sitting volleyball before meeting with wounded warrior and veteran competitors who are training in hopes of representing their countries at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 presented by Jaguar Land Rover. Sitting volleyball will be one of the 10 adaptive sports to be featured next May at the second Invictus Games, a weeklong multisport competition between wounded warriors from 15 countries.  President Bush and Fisher will also make an important announcement about the Bush Institute’s role in the 2016 Games in helping to overcome the visible and invisible wounds of war.  The event will be held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York Harbor.   

The visit, sitting volleyball, demonstration and announcement are all OPEN PRESS.

WHO:                  

President George W. Bush

Ken Fisher - Invictus Games 2016 Chairman and CEO                    

Dr. James P. Kelly, MD – Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado and former Director of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Invictus Games 2016 Aspiring Competitors

WHAT:                 

Meeting of President Bush, Mr. Fisher, Dr. Kelly and aspiring Invictus Games 2016 competitors, demonstration of adaptive sport and important announcement about the Invictus Games 2016 and rehabilitative sport

WHEN:                  

Thursday, December 3, 2015

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


WHERE:                

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Pier 86, W 46th Street

12th Ave, New York, NY 10036  

MEDIA RSVP:         

Please RSVP to the media credential request page at: https://forms.bushcenter.org/credentials or contact Nathan Naylor at Media@InvictusGames2016.org or Nathan.Naylor@Fleishman.com or at 202-246-5302 before 5:00 pm, December 2.

About the Invictus Games 2016

The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 presented by Jaguar Land Rover will take place at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida between May 8 - 12, 2016.   The Games will bring together more than 500 competitors from 15 nations to compete in 10 sports: archery, cycling, indoor rowing, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and wheelchair tennis.  The countries returning to participate in the 2016 games are: Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.  Making their Invictus Games debut in Orlando will be teams from Iraq and Jordan.  The 2014 Invictus Games, which were held in London, saw crowds of 65,000 cheer on over 400 competitors, as millions more tuned in to witness their achievements on television.  With the Orlando Games in 2016, the Invictus spirit will continue to spread internationally.

The Orlando Games will give our wounded, ill and injured veterans and service men and women the opportunity to demonstrate to the world this undefeatable drive to overcome.  This driving spirit is the embodiment of everything the Invictus Games stand for: these heroes have been tested, but they are not defeated. They are an overwhelming inspiration to all of us that we can overcome our own obstacles and live fearlessly with an Invictus spirit. Together, we can be the masters of our fate; the captains of our souls.

To learn more about the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 presented by Jaguar Land Rover, visit: www.invictusgames2016.org Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest news.

About the Invictus Games

The Invictus Games were created by Prince Harry after a 2013 visit to the US-based Warrior Games – a sporting competition for wounded, ill, and injured service members – where he witnessed the important role sports played in improving the lives of service members and their families.

“Invictus” means “unconquered” and embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, ill, and injured Service members and the incredible will they have in order to overcome.

About the George W. Bush Institute

The George W. Bush Institute, founded by President and Mrs. Bush in 2009, is a public policy center in Dallas with the mission of advancing freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and across the globe. Built on principles that guided the Bushes in public life, the Bush Institute uses leading research to develop and implement policies that offer practical solutions to pressing problems in the United States and abroad.

The Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative (MSI) honors the service and sacrifice of post-9/11 veterans and military families by bridging the civilian-military divide and fostering a successful transition and reintegration from military service to civilian life.

Through research, policy development, programs, and Presidential recognition, MSI informs, influences, and unites communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, academia, and philanthropy to maximize the health and well-being of post-9/11 veterans and military families, setting the conditions for a successful transition and their continued leadership as civilians.

To learn more about the George W. Bush Institute and its Military Service Initiative visit: http://www.bushcenter.org/bush-institute/military-service-initiative

 

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