TAMPA, Fla. — The Warrior Games kicked off Friday in Tampa.
More than 300 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in the games. The games will be held all over Tampa. There's 13 sports including archery, cycling, swimming and track and field.
Staff Sergeant Kevin Greene, from the Patrick Air Force Base, said for him, this is a chance to sow the world that despite being an amputee he can play sports with the best of them.
"Just to get the opportunity to show that I'm physically fit to be in the military because they tried to kick me out because I wasn't physically fit when I got my amputation so now celebrating that I can physically do what anybody else can do,” said Staff Sergeant Kevin Greene.
Greene said he survived a motorcycle crash four years ago, but lost his leg.
It took a year before he could walk again with a prosthetic leg. There were times he wanted to give up.
"The first time in the hospital, the first time knowing that they amputated, there was a lot of depression. A lot of sadness but I had friends and family that was there for me,” Greene said.
The 28 year old reservist now serves as a health service manager in the Air Force. He's competing for the first time in the Warrior Games in track and field, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, cycling and wheelchair basketball.
"I'm excited. I’m really stoked about everything. Just the whole experience,” Greene said.
The Warrior Games were established in 2010 to enhance recovery and rehabilitation for wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sport.