From the U-S Navy
TAMPA, Fla. – A Fredericksburg native and 2007 James Monroe High School graduate recently competed in the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games, June 21-30.
Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class Joshua Cooke competed for Team Navy during the games, held in Tampa, Florida. He participated in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby, and golf and field events.
“Being on the team and seeing my fellow athletes compete and train is what it’s all about for me,” said Cooke. “We have all been through different battles on our own, but to be on the team and battle together is an amazing feeling.”
The Department of Defense Warrior Games showcases the resilient spirit of today’s wounded warriors of all branches of the military. These games provide an opportunity for athletes to grow physically, mentally and spiritually from the sportsmanship and camaraderie gained by representing their respective service teams in a friendly and spirited competition. It is an opportunity for athletes to showcase their enduring warrior spirit in the presence of their families and grateful nation.
Team Navy athletes are enrolled in the Navy Wounded Warrior-Safe Harbor, which is managed by Commander, Navy Installations Command. The program provides premier non-medical services to wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen as well as support and resources to their families.
“Things happen for a reason, even if you don’t understand why,” said Cooke. “Take every day as a blessing, and know the big man upstairs gives his toughest challenges to his toughest people.”