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Different Levels, Same Goals: Veteran vs. Rookie

Marine veteran Joshua Kelly has participated in the Marine Corps Trials three years in a row. He said his goal this year is to make it to the Warrior Games. This year is Sgt. Josh Smith’s first time competing at the Trials. Although he hasn’t mastered wheelchair basketball, he says he will never give up.

Marines practice sitting volleyball at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014.The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment enables wounded, ill, or injured Marines to focus on their abilities and to find new avenues to thrive. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel/Released)

Marines practice sitting volleyball at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014.The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment enables wounded, ill, or injured Marines to focus on their abilities and to find new avenues to thrive. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel/Released)

Marine Veteran Pfc. Joshua Kelly, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, races down the court during wheelchair basketball practice at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. Kelly suffered a bilateral limb injury after he was hit by an improvised explosive devise while deployed with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Weapons Company. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)

Marine Veteran Pfc. Joshua Kelly, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, races down the court during wheelchair basketball practice at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. Kelly suffered a bilateral limb injury after he was hit by an improvised explosive devise while deployed with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Weapons Company. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)

Sgt. Joshua Smith from Dallas, Texas, awaits being put in the first game of wheelchair basketball game at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)

Sgt. Joshua Smith from Dallas, Texas, awaits being put in the first game of wheelchair basketball game at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)

Pfc. Joshua Kelly calls for a pass during the first wheelchair basketball game of the 2014 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)

Sgt. Joshua Smith from Dallas, Texas, defends the ball during sitting volleyball at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. The Marine Corps Trials enable wounded, ill, or injured Marines to focus on their abilities and to find new avenues to thrive. Athletes compete in archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, track, field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ally Beiswanger/Released)

Sgt. Joshua Smith from Dallas, Texas, defends the ball during sitting volleyball at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ally Beiswanger)

Retired Pfc. Joshua Kelly, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, participates in “Sharks and Fish,” a game similar to tag, during practice at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. Kelly suffered a bilateral limb injury after he was hit by an improvised explosive devise while deployed with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Weapons Company. The Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment enables wounded, ill, or injured Marines to focus on their abilities and to find new avenues to thrive. Athletes will compete in archery, cycling, shooting, swimming, track, field, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball, March 4-12. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel/Released)

Retired Pfc. Joshua Kelly, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, participates in “Sharks and Fish,” a game similar to tag, during practice at the 2014 Marine Corps Trials at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 4, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Daniel Wetzel)

 

 

 

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