Prince Harry’s Invictus Games – I am the Captain of my Soul

To many, Prince Harry is the quintessential modern Prince—the relatable, accessible philanthropist.

Created by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games are an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event.

Wounded and injured armed services personnel and veterans participate in sports events such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing.

Inspired by the Warrior Games held in the United States, the Invictus games—meaning “unconquered” or “invincible” in Latin—were named after the Victorian poem by William Ernest Henley (1849–1903).


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The first Invictus Games were held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London in 2014.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World, near Orlando, Florida, hosted the second event in May 2016. First Lady Michelle Obama, former American President George W. Bush and many other dignitaries attended. Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama helped make a promotional video for the event.

The 2017 games will be held in Toronto, Canada, from September 23 to 30.

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