May 17, 2013
By Andrew Jennette
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF assistant volleyball coach Nicki Holmes recently took part in the 2013 Warrior Games as a coach of the Air Force sitting volleyball squad. The event took place at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with Prince Harry and 1,200 others in attendance. U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, who competed at the 2012 Warrior Games before winning three medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, lit the cauldron to signify the start of the Games, which featured seven sports.
It was an honor to represent UCF Volleyball in this special and prestigious event, Holmes said. The Warrior Games really show the resilient spirit of today's wounded, ill or injured service members. It's a great message of overcoming adversity and it's a lesson that I hope to bring back to our team here at UCF.
This tournament consisted of six, 12 player (maximum) teams. The six teams represented the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force, SOCOM and the UK Armed Forces. 260 service members and veterans competed in the fourth-annual competition with the Marines taking home the gold medal.
As a former Air Force Officer, I know first-hand how critical the Warrior Games are to the military, Holmes continued. I was excited and humbled to be a part of the Air Force team. They are amazing athletes and heroes in my eyes. I'm so proud of them.