PVA at the Invictus Games: Henry Sawyer

Photo from Invictus Game website

A brief look at 2016 Invictus Games competitor Henry Sawyer

As a kid, Henry Sawyer loved to play football. In fact, he eventually made it onto a semi-pro team in Jacksonville, Fla., before being injured while taking a tackle one fateful day.

That day changed his life, but the realization of his injury and how to best handle the situation would have been much more difficult had it not been for the training and discipline he received during his service in the U.S. Navy. Sawyer held the rank of Petty Officer Third Class, and over his eight years of service he was deployed overseas twice. 

The Paralyzed Veterans of America Central Florida chapter member didn’t let his injury stop him and has since become the father to five sons, has discovered a passion for quad rugby and wheelchair basketball through various adaptive sports programs and has regained much of his mobility and could very well be on the road to a complete recovery.

In 2012, Sawyer won gold in rugby during the 33rd National Veteran Wheelchair Games in Tampa, Fla., so it’s no surprise to find him preparing for what could be his ultimate challenge as he readies to captain Team USA at the 2016 Invictus Games in the wheelchair rugby competition. 

For more information about the 2016 Invictus Games please visit the Invictus Games Website.

Tune in to WatchESPN to watch live, May 8 – 12.


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