The second installment of the games is set for this May

By Diana Pearl
Updated February 23, 2016 04:00 PM
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It’s almost game time!

Prince Harry is gearing up for his second Invictus Games, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, this May.

The Invictus Games, which were first held in September 2014, are an Olympic-style competition for wounded veterans. At the inaugural games, 400 current and former service members from 13 countries participated, playing in nine different sports.

In the build up to this year’s games, Harry, 31, appeared in a video alongside a number of service members who are hoping to compete in the games for the British team.

This year, 300 new faces (and a few returning ones) are after one of those coveted spots. In a new video about the competition, Harry says the hope is that they’ll use the games as a platform for recovery, and will be able to move forward afterwards.

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“There’s a huge percentage of guys and girls that came through in the last Invictus who are no longer here, because they’ve used it as part of their rehab, and now are back in employment or wherever it may be.”

In the video, participants discuss how participating in the games benefits their recovery.

“Being a part of that team, that’s a part of that recovery process,” one of the hopefuls said in the video. “I’ve got all my mates cheering me on.”

And when it comes to down to it, the Invictus Games are about more than just competition and athletics, Harry said.

“Every single one of these guys knows that through the Invictus period, they’re becoming role models,” he said.

Since leaving the Army last year (and even before), Harry has been active in working with wounded and recovering veterans. In October, he joined in for part of a 1,000-mile hike with veterans.