Stephen Fry (narrator of the UK Harry Potter audiobooks) has lent his support to the Invictus Games, a competition much like the Paralympics for wounded servicemen and women. The event was launched by Prince Harry. Over 400 armed forces members from fourteen different countries will take part in sports such as wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, and sitting volleyball.
Other celebrities backing the Games include actors Daniel Craig, Joanna Lumley, and Tom Hardy and musicians will.i.am, Rod Stewart, and Joss Stone. Check out the video below, where the celebs and athletes read lines from the 1875 poem “Invictus,” by William Earnest Henley.
Prince Harry says of the event,
Ultimately, this is about the men and women who have given so much and deserve our support, in their recovery, rehabilitation and on leaving the armed forces. I know people will want to join me in cheering them on from the sidelines.
Stephen Fry is a noted supporter of charity events. He recently appeared in another sports-related charity video, raising awareness for the Community Sports Foundation, which helps disadvantaged people participate in sports.
The Invictus Games will take place September 10-14, 2014, in London. You can visit their website here.
What do you think of Stephen’s support for the Invictus Games and access to sports?