Colorado Springs, Colorado
– “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender,” a Vince Lombardi quote, hangs embossed on one of many plaques that dot the gym at the Olympic Training Center Sports Center One. The National Anthem rang out crisp and clear, electrifying the famous football coach’s words. This was the calm before the storm—the moments before the Army wheelchair basketball team took the court against Navy at the 2014 Warrior Games.
Wheelchairs dancing, wheels spinning, hugging the curves of the court as the five Army athletes squared off against the five Sailors. The spectators pulsed with energy, many of them Warrior Games athletes themselves.
“Motivation” is why Spc. James Taylor came to cheer on the Army wheelchair basketball team. Competing in track, field and sitting volleyball, Taylor draws inspiration from athletes participating in other sports. “Motivation. A lot of these guys out there, these guys show it, that creed we all stand by: never give up.” READ MORE