USMES Board Member Is Team USA CaptainPosted 09 Mar 2016 in News
USMES Board Member Is Team USA Captain
By Steve Otero
US Military Endurance Sports is proud to announce the selection of William Reynolds, a USMES Board Member, as the 2016 Invictus Games U.S. Team Captain. The Invictus Games will shine a light on the holistic recovery and rehabilitation that occurs through sport for the wounded, ill, and injured military veterans who participate in them.
Fifteen nations are invited to participate in the 2016 Games, which will be held from May 8 – 12, 2016 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. During that week, over 500 military athletes will compete in 10 sporting events as they are cheered on by thousands of family members, friends and spectators.
A retired U.S. Army Captain, Reynolds will lead a team consisting of 115 active duty and veteran service members – a 15 percent increase in size from the inaugural games in 2014. Each of the nation’s service branches will be represented, with 23 competitors coming from the Air Force; 35 from the Army; 18 from the Navy; 22 from the Marines; and 17 from Special Operations Command.
“Representing the United States in the 2016 Invictus Games in an honor, and all my teammates and I are training hard to do our best in May,” said Reynolds. “The Invictus Games are comparable to the Paralympics for wounded military veterans, bringing us together through camaraderie and the healing power of sport.”
Reynolds lost his leg after an improvised explosive devise detonated in Iraq. He underwent 26 surgeries as doctors tried to save his left leg but they ended up amputating his left leg at the knee. During the 2014 Invictus Games in London, he won four bronze medals in men’s 100-meter and 200-meter athletics sprints, the Road Race and the Time Trial in cycling. Originally from Pittsford, NY, Reynolds, his wife and four children now reside in Bethesda, MD.
USMES is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of healthy fitness and nutrition habits for current and Veteran members of the United States Armed Forces. For more information or to donate, visit www.USMES.org