Recap April | Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

April 30, 2018, 12:07 p.m. (ET)

Submitted by WWAST Executive Director, Dennis Wince


The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) had two events in April.  The WWAST first travelled to Glassboro, N.J. April 13-15 for a doubleheader against Glassboro Community All-Stars and Glassboro Fire Department at Delsea Drive Park.  This was the third event that was sponsored by the Griffin Gives Foundation whose mission is to support military families before, during and after deployment by providing unique experiences and opportunities to enhance and enrich their lives.  The weekend started off on Friday night with a great dinner at the Saint Anthony’s Club in Glassboro.  The WWAST played two tight games on Saturday.  The first game was a see-saw affair with the Glassboro Community All-Stars winning 22-20.  The second game was also very close with the WWAST defeating the Glassboro Fire Department Team, 9-8.  The weekend culminated with a fundraiser dinner at the Landmark Americana Sports Bar.  The WWAST would like to thank everyone who made this event such a great success and we look forward to returning to this area in the future!


The team then embarked on our first-ever week long Tour of Virginia from April 20-29.  The primary sponsors for the tour were the Virginia Moose Association and USA Softball of Virginia. The team travelled through Manassas, Fredericksburg, Portsmouth, Hopewell, Richmond, and Bedford areas playing in numerous softball games and participating in many events.  In Manassas, the team played three games against local First Responders and against the Northern Virginia Celebrity All-Stars consisting of Washington Redskins players, local radio celebrities, and local first responders.  The team then played two games in Fredericksburg against Team Gunsmoke made up of Culpeper County First Responders.  Rain forced cancellations of the games in Portsmouth and Hopewell, but the WWAST were able to spread their message of inspiration, determination, and perseverance in the face of adversity when they got to speak to JROTC students at Woodrow Wilson High School and IC Norcom High School in Portsmouth and to students at Carter Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Va.  In Richmond, the WWAST played two games against the Richmond East Moose Lodge All-Stars.  The tour culminated in Bedford where the team got to watch the Bedford Moose Softball Invitational for the Special Olympics and got to meet those amazing athletes.  The WWAST then played in a doubleheader against the Bedford First Responders to wrap up the tour.  For the week, the team played 9 games and went 5-4, but more importantly, met so many interesting people and gained hundreds of new friends and fans.  The WWAST would like to thank the event organizer, Andy Dooley, all the sponsors, and everyone else who made this event so incredible.