FORT LEE, Va. — The Defense Commissary Agency and its commissary brand supplier SpartanNash are helping wounded warrior athletes stay hydrated and cool by donating bottled water at the DOD Warrior Games.
The games began June 30 and run through July 8 in Chicago, with nearly 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans participating in teams representing the U.S., United Kingdom and Australia.
Commissaries recently introduced their own brand of bottled water under the name Freedom’s Choice, and the initial sale of Freedom’s Choice Water coincides not only with the games but with the 150th anniversary of commissaries. SpartanNash donated about 3,600 bottles of water for the games.
“We believe this is a great way to introduce Freedom’s Choice Water,” said Tom Owens, special assistant to the DeCA director. “We wanted to do something that would help our country’s military. To be able to accomplish that and put our commissary brand water in the hands of heroes that have sacrificed for our freedom, that’s a win for everyone.”
“What a special way to celebrate our 150th Anniversary and the Warrior Games,” said Chris Burns, DeCA executive director for business transformation. “SpartanNash did not hesitate for one second to get involved in this worthy venture and we thank them for their philanthropy and patriotic spirit. We look forward to partnering with them to support more events like the Games in the future.”
The Warrior Games began in 2010 “as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports,” according to a news release posted on the DoD Warrior Games website.
The first event was sponsored by the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with about 200 wounded, ill and injured service members participating.