First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales for a visit to the Fort Belvoir Army base to cheer on the wounded and ill servicemen and women in an exhibition for the Invictus Games to be held next year in the U.S.
After the game, the three posed with the players for a group photograph and shook the hands and spoke to several of them.
The crowd, which included family and friends, cheered on the wounded warriors as they played wheelchair basketball. The team members wore shirts that said: “Invictus Games Coming to America.”
Prince Harry created the Invictus Games in 2014 with the inaugural game held in London. The games are for service men and women wounded in recent wars – including Iraq and Afghanistan – with soldiers from Great Britain.
Biden led a U.S. Presidential Delegation to the inaugural games as part of the Joining Forces Initiative. The United States will host the Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., in 2016. The 10 sports events, from sitting volleyball to wheelchair rugby, will include 500 athletes from 15 nations.
Before watching the exhibition game, Obama, Biden and Prince Harry met with wounded servicemen and women in recovery and rehabilitation programs. They toured the USO Warrior and Family Center, a state-of-the art facility that was specifically designed to support wounded, injured, or ill service members, military families and caregivers.