Gladstone service member to compete in Warrior Games
Dakota Hollingsworth of Gladstone is joining more than 250 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans at the U.S. Department of Defense Warrior Games through June 9.
Hollingsworth, a U.S. Navy aviation boatswain's mate, will compete against athletes from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations Command. During the nine days of the Warrior Games, he will compete in shooting, archery, field events and cycling at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Installations Command, said Navy Wounded Warrior athletes have shown incredible resiliency in their personal roads to recovery through the Navy's Adaptive Sports Program.
"The actions of these athletes demonstrate the Navy's core attributes of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness," Jackson said. "The chief of naval operations has said that we will remain the world's finest Navy only if we all fight each and every minute to get better. There is no better example of this performance than what our sailors and Coast Guardsmen in the Navy Wounded Warrior Program do each and every day."
Hollingsworth was selected for Team Navy after the competitive Wounded Warrior Trials in February at the naval station in Mayport, Florida. Team Navy includes service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress.