Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to play in Welch, Minn. on September 15-17

Sept. 08, 2017, 11 a.m. (ET)

RESTON, Va. – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will travel to Welch, Minn. Sept. 15-17.  On Friday, Sept. 15, the WWAST will kick off the weekend by playing two exhibition games against local first responders and the MSMA Military Branch Champs at 7 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET respectively. On the following Saturday and Sunday, the team will participate in the Fall Warrior Classic at the Treasure Island Softball Complex. Admission to watch both the exhibition games on Friday night and the tournament on Saturday and Sunday is free.

“We are very excited to be traveling to Welch, Minnesota to play in two exhibition games and in the Fall Warrior Classic Softball Tournament,” said WWAST Executive Director and US Army Retired Veteran, Dennis Wince.  “Working with the tournament director and event organizer, we have seen firsthand the strong pride that this area displays for military personnel and wounded warriors, and it is very gratifying to see the recognition for those that have served our country.  I know it will be a fun and patriotic event.”

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.

“Welch, Minnesota is proud to host the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team,” said Event Organizer and CA Gear Owner, Nate Bry. “We anticipate a great crowd for the exhibition games on Friday night and outstanding competition for the Fall Warrior Classic Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.  This is a community that cares about our veterans and our teams are excited to play the WWAST and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom.”

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.