Jon Stewart Co-Hosting ‘Warrior Games’ SportsCenter Because We Still Deserve Nice Things
July 6 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
There's been a gaping, Jon Stewart-shaped hole in the world - and particularly in political commentary - since he stepped down as the host of The Daily Show back in 2015. Every once in a while we'll get a Stewart appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but for the most part he's been off the grid.
Obviously he sensed that we needed him, though, because he's going to be back at a desk hosting something - at least for one day. On Thursday it was revealed that he will join Hannah Storm as the co-host of SportsCenter live from the 'Warrior Games' in Chicago on Friday.
The Warrior Games are an annual event hosted by the Department of Defense that feature military athletes from the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Per the event's official website, teams are made up of both active-duty service and veteran athletes with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress. The teams compete in archery, cycling, sitting volleyball, shooting, swimming, wheelchair basketball and track and field, and the mission is centered around friendly competition and experiencing the healing power of sports.
The games began on June 30th and will conclude on Saturday the 8th, and feature approximately 265 military athletes from the U.S., the United Kingdom and and Australia. According to ESPN's media release, Stewart will host the 7 pm and is also expected to do live interviews from the event for the 11 pm show as well. He has long been a vocal supporter and advocate for veterans and Sept. 11th first-responders, so his involvement with ESPN's coverage is expected to be about supporting the cause rather than for any political motivations.
Storm also has ties to the military as the daughter of a U.S. Marine, and those familiar with ESPN's programming will know that she's often covered military events.
“It’s a thrill for me not just to be a part of the Warrior games but also to work with someone who’s one of the best-known hosts in the television industry and such a great talent,” she said. “I’ve always been a fan of (Stewart’s) work, and he’s so involved and so passionate about this cause.”
Here's a video of Stewart preparing for the Warrior Game with Corporal Dakota Boyer:
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