Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to play in Queens and Long Island, NY May 20 and 21
RESTON, VA – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will head to Queens and Long Island, N.Y. for a weekend of activities and games May 20-21. On Saturday, May 20, the WWAST will take on a team from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) before teams from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and NYPD Detectives go head-to-head. Fans will have the opportunity to watch the WWAST once more when they play the Long Island All-Stars at the Medford Athletic Complex on Sunday, May 21. Festivities on both days begin at noon and are open to the public and free of charge. Those in attendance are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.
“It is very exciting to be playing in Queens and Long Island,” said WWAST Executive Director and US Army Retired Veteran, Dennis Wince. “This will be our fourth trip back here and we are excited to be working with the event organizer, Joe Bartumioli, for another great event. We have seen firsthand the strong pride that this area displays for Veterans and especially our Nation’s Wounded Warriors. It is very gratifying to see the recognition for those that have served our country.”
The WWAST is made up of brave men and women, both veterans and active duty soldiers, from all service branches, who have sustained injuries resulting in amputation. Through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity, and exhibition games across the country.
In addition to functioning as an outlet for veterans and active duty soldiers to compete athletically, the WWAST uses these cross-country games to raise funds for the WWAST Kids Camp, medical research, and rehabilitation equipment. Now in its fifth year, the WWAST Kids Camp seeks to empower young boys and girls with amputations. The camps are led by WWAST players who work as coaches and mentors, helping teach not just softball skills, but more importantly life skills as well.
“We are proud to be hosting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team for the fourth time,” said Event Organizer, Joe Bartumioli. “We anticipate a great event along with a patriotic atmosphere to cheer our heroes on. This team of true heroes certainly inspire the fans wherever they play. We are proud to help them raise awareness and funds for their signature event, the WWAST Kids Camp”.
For more information regarding the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and upcoming events, visit www.thewwast.org.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.
About Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is a standalone 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of wounded warrior amputees. The team was created in March 2011 and travels the country playing able-bodied softball teams. The WWAST is not affiliated with other charities having the words “Wounded Warrior” in their name (e.g. Wounded Warrior Project, etc.). Since its inception, over 85% of donations have supported programs helping Wounded Warrior Amputees, amputee children, and supporting medical research. You can find more information about the WWAST at www.thewwast.org.