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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex celebrates 20 years

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Amateur and professional athletes have played more than 70 different sports at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which celebrates its 20th anniversary today. Since it opened in 1997 the story of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort has been written through the athletes who have competed on its fields, courts and diamonds. The grand opening of the sports complex featured the Atlanta Braves as they defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 9-7, in front of a sellout crowd…

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Amputee from 9/11 attacks wins 7 medals at Invictus Games

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Sarah Rudder was on the verge of a key promotion in the U.S. Marines on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks struck and eventually left her without a leg. But she has come back from that setback to thrive on another stage, winning seven medals through Tuesday in two days of Paralympic events ranging from rowing to shot-put at the international Invictus Games founded by Britain’s Prince Harry for wounded members of armed services. “It was amazing,” Rudder said…

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Prince Harry, Michelle Obama help kick off Invictus Games

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Britain’s Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama helped kick off the Invictus Games for wounded veterans with uplifting speeches Sunday night, joining other figures from the worlds of sports, entertainment and politics in a glittery opening ceremony. The two-hour event in Orlando, Florida, included performances by British singer James Blunt and soprano Laura Wright. Actor Morgan Freeman and former president George W. Bush – honorary chairman of this year’s games – sat in the audience for the ceremonial start…

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Injured veterans compete in Invictus Games at Disney World

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After suffering a noncombat injury during a motorcycle accident in 2014, Gabby Graves-Wake found herself at a crossroads during her recovery and rehabilitation. The Marine, who suffered injuries to her legs, lower back and head, could have either been filled with self-pity or found the inspiration to push through during the recovery. She chose the more challenging path, joining up with the Wounded Warrior Regiment and Military Adaptive Sports Program to use sports as part of her rehabilitation. Graves-Wake will…

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Joe Biden to speak at the University of Tampa this coming Wednesday

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Vice President Joe Biden will be in Tampa next week, speaking at the University of Tampa’s Fletcher Lounge on Wednesday, May 11 at 12:15 p.m. The event is being billed as, “An Address on Challenges on Our Moment in the Western Hemisphere,” and is being presented by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The VP is scheduled to remain in Central Florida to attend the Invictus Games taking place in Orlando, an international sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured service…

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