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How Jon Stewart saved the Warrior Games from the clutches of an evildoer!

Hosted by U.S. Special Operations Command, the 2019 Department of Defense Warrior Games kicked off Saturday in Tampa.

About 300 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from all five services are competing in 14 sports. They are joined by military athletes from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Jon Stewart, the former host of TV’s The Daily Show, hosted the opening ceremony. Although most viewers might recall him as one of the nation’s funniest men, he’s also a longtime supporter of service members, military veterans and civilian first responders (his heartfelt plea to aid 9/11 first responders might be one of the best testimonies ever to echo through the halls of Congress).

And now he’s also the hero of Tampa — at least on video.

On Sunday night, the City of Tampa released a video starring Stewart, SOCOM commander Army Gen. Richard Clarke, Army Staff Sgt. Lauren Montoya, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and several other notables as they race to save the Warrior Games’ torch from the clutches of an evildoer.

Check it out for yourself!

Warrior Games Torch Missing

Last night, Mayor Jane Castor joined Jon Stewart, CSM Pat McCuley, Titus O'Neil, SSG Lauren Montoya, & Councilman Luis Viera in tracking down the Warrior Games torch just in time for the opening ceremonies! You're not going to believe who the perpetrators were... United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) | Tampa Bay Lightning | Bob Buckhorn | Amalie Arena | Thunderbug

Posted by City of Tampa on Sunday, June 23, 2019

Stewart is slated to emcee the closing ceremonies on June 30, too.

He’s acknowledged a special connection to a number of the participants. All the athletes are recovering from a range of maladies, including spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; illnesses; and post-traumatic stress disorder.

They will go head-to-head in 14 sports including, archery, cycling, time-trial cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, powerlifting, and — for the first time at the Warrior Games — golf, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby.

The Warrior Games were established in 2010 as a way to enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and to expose them to adaptive sports.

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