On July 1, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson are heading to Chicago, Illinois to perform a one-night show honoring members of the military, which is part of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games.
The Warrior Games are a chance for the members of the military who have been wounded and injured during combat to compete against each other in a Paralympics-style competition. It is reported that about 265 servicemen and women from all branches of the United States military will be competing in the 2017 Warrior Games. Along with the American service members, the United Kingdom Armed Forces as well as the Australian Defense Force will be in attendance.
The Games will include eight adaptive sports: archery, cycling, shooting, field, swimming, sitting volleyball, track and wheelchair basketball. Co-hosts for the event will be by the U.S. Navy and the City of Chicago. This will also be the first time that the event is held outside of a military installment or Olympic Training Center.
Artists: Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson
“I can't wait to perform this year at the Warrior Games," Clarkson says. “Any time we can all be a part of something that lifts up and shines a light on all of these heroes that are participating is an amazing moment … These men and women have put their lives on the line for us and have overcome so much in the process of doing that. It will be a tremendous honor to perform for them and their families who have sacrificed so much." Shelton also adds, “The men and women that serve and protect this country on a daily basis allow the rest of us the freedoms we enjoy. I'm proud to be part of this event and root these heroes on to victory at this year's Warrior Games."