Two U.S. Invictus Games competitors and their family members were thoroughly surprised to find WWE superstar John Cena behind the wheel of a Range Rover Sport SVR as he chauffeured them to this year’s games.
Cena, an Invictus Games ambassador for Jaguar Land Rover, picked up unsuspecting U.S. team members Tino Ulli and his girlfriend Shari Trujillo and Joshua Jablon and his girlfriend Lindsey Green, and chauffeured them to ESPN Wide World of Sports, the venue for the Games that were hosted in Orlando in May.
Cena said, “I’m honored to be part of the Invictus Games in Orlando this year and have the opportunity to meet with some of the US team. It was a lot of fun taking on the role of surprise chauffeur and I was pleased to have the opportunity to get to know the competitors and their family members. We are all indebted to our servicemen and women and I fully support the Games and the opportunity it gives us all to recognize the heroes of our nation. I wish all the competitors the very best of luck for the final stages of the Games.”
Joshua Jablon, a retired Marine Lance corporal from Mankato, Minnesota who is affected by invisible injury PTSD, has earned a silver medal in discus throw and gold in shot-put during the Games. Tino Ulli is a retired Air Force Staff Sergeant competing in rowing, powerlifting and shot-put, and is also affected by PTSD.
Cena was also featured in the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony, presenting the ‘”Land Rover Above and Beyond Award” to an individual who has gone above and beyond not only what is expected as a competitor, but also as a teammate at the Invictus Games. It is judged on sportsmanship, commitment to the Games and demonstration of an inspiring example of “Invictus Spirit”.
After the conclusion of second edition of the Games, Land Rover announced that it will continue as Presenting Partner of the 2017 Invictus Games to be held in Toronto, Canada.