Prince Harry, Invictus Athletes Meet Children of Give Kids The World Village
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Kissimmee, FL (May 6th, 2016)
Britain’s Prince Harry and the courageous athletes of the Invictus Games met children battling life-threatening illnesses on Friday at ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, encouraging them to dream big and remain brave in the face of difficult challenges.
The children and their families, all guests of Give Kids The World Village, spoke with Prince Harry and the athletes before the start of the Invictus Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports. The games run from May 8 to 12.
Give Kids The World Village is a Central Florida-based, nonprofit resort that provides cost-free, fantasy vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses. Village officials arranged the surprise visit with Prince Harry and the Invictus Games participants, believing the children would draw strength and inspiration from the experience.
“We are very appreciative of the time and the message of hope that Prince Harry and the athletes of the Invictus Games have given to our precious families,” said Give Kids The World Village President and CEO Pamela Landwirth. “What a wonderful opportunity for them to meet strong and courageous athletes who are defined by their accomplishments in their sport, rather than by the challenges they face each day. By example, they’ve shown our children that they, too, can overcome obstacles.”
The Invictus Games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill or injured members of the military. They were founded by Prince Harry, who spent 10 years in the British Army and served in Afghanistan.