On the road with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team: Headed to Japan

Aug. 22, 2018, 11:03 a.m. (ET)

Norfolk, Va. – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is headed to Japan as the team has been selected to represent the United States of America in the World Physically Challenged Baseball Tournament set for September 1-2. The team heads to Tokyo on August 28, and will have two days of practice at Meiji Jingu Gaien Stadium before the tournament officially begins.

"It was an honor to represent the United States of America at the 2014 World Physically Challenged Baseball Tournament,” said US Marine Veteran, double-leg amputee, 2016 Invictus Games Gold Medalist, and WWAST Chairman of the Board, Josh Wege. “Japan is a beautiful country and wonderful host. We are excited to return and hope to bring the Gold back again.”


The Japan Physically Challenged Baseball Organization was founded in 1993 and has hosted the tournament every four years since 2006. USA has taken home the Gold once in 2014, and they will try and bring it home this year as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team represents the Red, White and Blue.


“They continue to serve beyond the uniform by showing the world that ‘Life without limbs is limitless,’” said retired SSG US Army and single-leg amputee, Cody Rice. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play baseball in Japan. It’s a country with rich history and one that loves baseball. We want to show the world that having a single or double amputee is more about being adaptable and less about being disabled.”


The tournament will be held at the G7 Stadium Kobe in Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. Countries represented will be Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Fans wishing to follow along can check out @physicallychallengedbaseball18 on Instagram.


For more information on how you can support the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, please contact Desiree Ellison (desiree@thewwast.org) at 607-227-4480. Visit the WWAST at thewwast.org or Facebook/Instagram: @usawwast.


About the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able- bodied teams in exhibition games across the country. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they are the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM.


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 visit, www.USASoftball.com.