An ESPN feature today, "Operation Recovery," on wounded American soldiers, features the stories of several soldiers injured in Iraq who've returned to the United States for rehab. Part of that rehab for them has been in sport: golf, basketball, canoeing and more. The article gives a great plug to Disabled Sports USA.
Many of the soldiers who are learning about opportunities in disabled sport will discover great levels of competition. The world's second-largest sporting event is the Paralympics,where the best disabled athletes in the world compete in a variety of sports. Some of today's Paralympians are former members of the U.S. armed forces.
Traditionally, ESPN has ignored the Paralympics, preferring to run poker reruns instead. Perhaps in March during the Paralympics in Torino, ESPN will follow some of our former servicemen and women who are now elite-level Paralympians.
p.s.--Don't know the difference between the Paralympics and the Special Olympics? Click here.