Two “Dancing With the Stars” alums are shimmying their way into Prince Harry’s Invictus Games.
According to People magazine, “DWTS” pro Derek Hough and his Season 15 partner Shawn Johnson have both been dubbed as celebrity ambassadors for the 2016 event, which will take place next month in Orlando, Florida.
“These athletes and warriors are shining examples of perseverance and strength,” Hough said in a statement, adding that he was honored to support the inaugural celebration.
I'm honored to be part of this event! https://t.co/I0Q5tyIpQk
— Derek Hough (@derekhough) April 14, 2016
But Hough isn’t the only two-stepping celeb excited to partake in the Invictus Games. Johnson, who competed on Season 8 of the ABC dance competition, as well as with Hough in 2012 during the “DWTS” all-star season, also divulged that she was elated to attend the ceremony, hoping to bring awareness to wounded service members. “Who is ready to meet me in Orlando for #InvictusGames2016?” the Olympian said in a tweet. “SO excited to be an official @InvictusOrlando ambassador!”
“The Invictus Games seeks to change perceptions of physical and mental injury,” Prince Harry said in October 2015 when he attended a wheelchair-basketball scrimmage in the United States. “One thing we have to talk about more is breaking down these barriers around so-called invisible injuries, like post-traumatic stress, just as we have for physical injuries like the loss of a limb.”
Hough and Johnson will join “DWTS” Season 14 runner-up Katherine Jenkins at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, along with First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden. Singers James Blunt and Laura Wright will also perform at the event.
The Invictus Games will begin Sunday, May 8, at 8 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.