OurVetSuccess Launches the 2015 Triumph Games

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Twelve U.S. veteran athletes to participate in national competition, testing physical and mental strengths, and winning with character.

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“Our veteran athletes are role models who embody leadership, integrity, character, perseverance, inspirational winning and success, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles,” said Triumph Games Co-Founder and OurVetSuccess CEO Mary L. Hagy

OurVetSuccess announces the inaugural Triumph Games, From War to Winning, set to take place in New York City August 23-29, 2015. A Triumph Games television special will air on NBC Sports Network in October 2015, and later on Comcast’s Xfinity platform on-demand. The program will be co-hosted by Al Roker, of NBC and the Weather Channel, and Patrick Murphy, host of Taking the Hill, on MSNBC.

“We are so proud to partner with OurVetSuccess on this groundbreaking competition,” said Al Roker, CEO, Al Roker Entertainment. “We look forward to raising awareness with millions of viewers - both online and on-air - as we share very positive and personal stories from some of today's most inspiring military heroes."

Created by veterans who saw the need to increase positive public awareness of successful military veterans, the Triumph Games will follow 12 world-class veteran athletes as they train at home over the next 8 weeks for 3 rounds of competition in New York. The athletes will compete to win the Triumph Games title as Champion, and take home a $100,000 prize.

Round 1 will test physical strength with a triathlon of water-based obstacle course, a cycling race, and an Olympic-style infrared rifle competition set to take place in New York City. Round 2 will test mental acuity with a live-streamed e-sports competition featuring League of Legends and Hearthstone, the 2 top strategy games on the Twitch broadcast platform. Round 3 will test the athlete’s depth of courage as they drive professional high performance cars on the nation’s most exclusive and challenging private racetrack, located in the Hudson Valley.

The competitors, each having overcome life-changing injuries and going on to medal nationally or internationally in a wide range of sports, are known as the Terrific 12, or T-12. The T-12 were selected by a judging panel from a pool of 100 participants nominated by organizations such as the International Olympic Committee, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and SoldierSocks. The finalists were announced today after completing an intense, three-day training session in Orlando, Florida June 19-20.

The T-12 athletes are: Omar Bermejo, Casper, WY; Melissa Coduti, Springfield, IL; Ben Harrow, Bethesda, MD; Geoff Hopkins, Fredericksburg, VA; Sean Johnson, Philadelphia, PA; Michael Kacer, Yonkers, NY; Jen Yung Lee, San Antonio, TX; Jon Lujan, Littleton, CO; Rico Roman, of San Antonio, TX; Redmond Ramos, Murrieta, CA; Aaron Stewart, San Antonio, TX; and Elizabeth Wasil, Colorado Springs, CO.

“Some 300 million Americans need to know the full stories of military veterans,” said Patrick Murphy, Army veteran with service in Iraq, two-term Congressman and current anchor of MSNBC’s Taking The Hill. Taking The Hill is the only national television program dedicated to national security and veterans policy. “The Triumph Games will inspire millions who see the 'Terrific 12' compete.”

“Our veteran athletes are role models who embody leadership, integrity, character, perseverance, inspirational winning and success, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles,” said Triumph Games Co-Founder and OurVetSuccess CEO Mary L. Hagy, an Army veteran with service in the Gulf War. “They’re in it to win, but more importantly, these athletes are on the front lines of telling stories of success and valor.”

The Triumph Games are supported by strong partners who have helped to make the games a reality. Al Roker Entertainment will tell the stories of the athletes and their training via digital and television video content to be released throughout the summer, and on NBC Sports Network in the fall. Promotional and distribution partners at Comcast, NBCUniversal, Xfinity, WWE Network, and Twitch will bring the Triumph Games to millions of viewers beginning this summer.

Non-profit partners SoldierSocks, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, http://www.pva.org, have played key roles in providing medical devices, physical challenge elements, and support on all aspects of game development.

Stay tuned to the Triumph Games Facebook page, on Twitter @TriumphGames15, Instagram @TriumphGames and http://www.2015TriumphGames.com for updates and competition announcements.

About OurVetSuccess®
OurVetSuccess® is dedicated to increasing positive public awareness of successful military veterans. By working together with businesses and leveraging the media to share success stories, OurVetSuccess is changing the public perception of the US veteran population to one of not only honor, but also leadership and success.

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