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The competitions for the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games are underway in Chicago! (WLS)

The competitions for the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games are underway in Chicago! From June 30 - July 8, more than 250 athletes representing the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command, and the U.K. Armed Forces and Australian Defence Force will compete in a series of events. The athletes are both active-duty and veterans who were seriously wounded and injured. Competitions include track races, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery and much more. You can cheer on the athletes for free at the events taking place across Chicago: including McCormick Place, the United Center and Soldier Field.

Along with the competitions, the opening ceremonies are sure to be a big hit. Hosted by comedian Jon Stewart at Soldier Field, the ceremonies also feature a concert by two Grammy-award winning artsists: Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson. Tickets for the opening ceremonies start at $40. There will be even more celebrity appearances at the celebrity exhibition game on Friday, June 7. Tickets to the celebrity exhibition game start at $10.

ABC 7 joined some of the athletes during a practice session at Lane Tech Academy in a live interview before day 2 of competitions.

2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games
Date: June 30-July 8
Address:
- McCormick Place will host sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, shooting, archery

- Soldier Field: Opening Ceremony with concert (Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton tickets still available); soldier field will also be venue for field competition
- Lane Tech: Track
- UIC: swimming
- United Center: Medal rounds for wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball; will also host celebrity wheelchair basketball exhibition game on Friday, July 7. Tickets still available and are as low as $10

Admission: free for all events except Opening Ceremony and Celebrity exhibition game on Friday, June 7.

Tickets to the celebrity exhibition game start at $10 and will feature several Chicago PD and Chicago Fire actors, a WWE Superstar and several other athletes and celebrities.

Visit us at www.dodwarriorgames.com to learn more about our athletes.

CLICK HERE to get tickets.

CLICK HERE to see the full schedule.

CLICK HERE for more information about the 2017 DoD Warrior Games.

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