Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Kicked Off with a Heroes Parade at Walt Disney World Resort
Competitors from the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 were treated to a hero’s welcome at Magic Kingdom today. The athletes, representing many of the participating countries from around the world, took part in a parade down Main Street U.S.A. amid a sea of confetti along with celebrity ambassador and Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and Disney characters. The competitors and their families also spent some time today enjoying the theme park, experiencing some of the signature attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
The Invictus Games, the only international adaptive sporting event for injured active duty and veteran service members, take place May 8-12, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Started in 2014 by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, ill or injured servicemen and women who are transitioning into civilian life.