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Valor Games begin in Chapel Hill

Posted May 24

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— The Valor Games, a three day competition for injured veterans and active military, is underway in Chapel Hill.

More than 100 men and women who have served honorably are getting the chance to compete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Bridge II Sports is hosting the Southeastern Valor Games in Chapel Hill for the third time. The event involves 10 adaptive sports.

“Staying active helps the mind, the heart, the soul, the body,” said Ashley Thomas, Bridge II Sports founder. “It's a more holistic approach to recovery.”

Greg Quarles officially retired from the Army on Friday. Over his career, he suffered several injures including his most recent and worst – a broken back.

Quarles was shot in the head, but it didn’t penetrate his helmet. Rather, the bullet broke his neck. Two weeks later an explosion broke his back.

However, Quarles is participating in seated volleyball, air rifle, archery, rowing and shot put in the Valor Games.

Quarles says seeing all the work that was put into the Valor Games makes him feel appreciated for his service.

“A lot of places you don't get to see all the support, how everyone supports you and the job that we've done,” he said.

Rowing, powerlifting and archery competitions will be held at Duke on Wednesday.

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