Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to play in Glassboro, N.J. April 13-15

April 06, 2018, 1:47 p.m. (ET)

RESTON, Va. – The Griffin Gives Foundation is honored to welcome the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) to Glassboro, N.J. April 13-15.  This will be the third time the Griffin Gives Foundation has brought the WWAST back to the area. The games will be held on Saturday, April 14 at South Delsea Drive Park (152 S. Delsea Drive, Glassboro, NJ).  This nationally recognized team will participate and challenge local softball teams comprised of first responders, community members, and veterans during a round-robin tournament beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET.  The special ceremony will commence at 11:30 a.m. ET, with the WWAST set to play at 12:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. ET.  Admission to this event is free.


“We are excited to be playing in Glassboro, New Jersey,” said WWAST Executive Director and US Army Retired Veteran, Dennis Wince. “The Griffin Gives Foundation focus on veterans and military families makes them a perfect sponsor for this event and we are excited that they will be hosting us for the third time.  We have seen firsthand the strong pride that this area displays for military personnel, especially our wounded warriors, and it is very gratifying to see the recognition for those who 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 sixth 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.


“It is an honor and a privilege to welcome the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team back to our community for a third time and show our families what true heroism, sportsmanship and giving back is all about," said Griffin Gives Foundation Executive Director and host, Tracey Leinen. “Our veterans and first responders are looking forward to the opportunity to play the WWAST again.   This promises to be a fun event for the entire family and a great way to honor the true American heroes of WWAST and our nation’s veterans.”


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 69 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 visitwww.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.


About Griffin Gives Foundation

The Griffin Gives Foundation is a philanthropic, not for profit 501(c)(3) foundation supporting organizations and individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of others. At its core, the foundation aims to provide support for all ages and in all areas. Our focus begins with military families and assisting soldiers to become re-acclimated after their return from deployment. We serve military families by providing opportunities and experiences to enhance and enrich their lives. We strive for reintegration with dignity, both physically and mentally, and a return to the lifestyle and values sacrificed while serving.