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Hawaii hosting wounded warrior athletic competition

More than 150 people will participate in a series of athletic events at the inaugural Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational, Jan. 8-10 in Hawaii, according to event sponsors.

Participants include active-duty and retired servicemembers with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and other conditions sustained during their service.

The participants will train for three days prior to the kickoff event, a track and field meet at Iolani High School beginning at 8 a.m. Jan. 8. Later that day, the athletes will move to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for cycling time trials at 2 p.m., followed by wheelchair basketball at 6:30 p.m., at the Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center.

The competition will continue for the next two days at the fitness center, with more basketball and sitting volleyball matches. Anyone with base access is welcome to attend the fitness center events.

The competition is hosted with support from the island’s Navy and Air Force commands, the Honolulu Council of the Navy League, Veterans United, Wounded Warrior Project and community volunteers.

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