Valor Games honoring veterans kick off at Smith Center

Valor Games honoring veterans kick off at Smith Center (Image 1)

Veterans from around the country are competing in the Valor Games this week in the Triangle.

The sports they play are modified so they can participate despite physical disabilities, such as volleyball played by sitting on the floor.

There were also bocce and “air riffle” competitions at the Smith Center at UNC Tuesday.

More than 100 athletes came from as far away as Colorado and Vermont, but about half are from north Carolina.

The Southeast competition is the first of four Valor Games around the country.

“We’re always sitting around saying what we can’t do because of our injuries,” said Air Force veteran Emanuel Thompson. “You know, activities like the Valor Games gives a chance to practice and see what we can do and that way we can go explore our abilities and the challenges that we face.”

The Games continue through Thursday. In addition to the Smith Center, the athletes will compete at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Lake Crabtree. The public can attend for free.

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