Gautier Marine competes in Warrior Games

Sgt. Anthony McDaniel wipes off sweat during a time-out called at the wheelchair basketball game against Special Operations Command for the 2014 Warrior Games on Sept. 29, at the US Olympic Training Center. (Photo source: USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment)
Sgt. Anthony McDaniel wipes off sweat during a time-out called at the wheelchair basketball game against Special Operations Command for the 2014 Warrior Games on Sept. 29, at the US Olympic Training Center. (Photo source: USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (WLOX) - A hometown hero from Gautier is helping lead his fellow Marines to victory on the basketball court this week. Sgt. Anthony McDaniel Jr. is among the wounded Marines competing in the 2014 Warrior Games at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

The Warrior Games are a Paralympic-style competition for more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members.

The Marine team McDaniel is part of is comprised of both active duty and veteran wounded, ill and injured Marines who are attached to or supported by the Wounded Warrior Regiment.

Check out pictures of #20 McDaniel in action during the team's first game: http://shout.lt/GgVF

The 26-year-old lost both legs and his left hand when an IED exploded in Afghanistan. His inspirational story of recovery is well-known in South Mississippi.

The former Gautier High basketball player said he finds personal drive and fulfillment in athletics.

"Sports is just another thing that really just keeps me going; something I can get my kids involved with. I can go out once they start playing and hopefully be their coach, you know, or something," McDaniel told WLOX News during a visit home last month.

Tuesday, the All-Marine Wheelchair Basketball Team defeated the Special Operations Command team 36-9.

You can follow the Marine team's progress at www.facebook.com/wwr.usmc.

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