Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to Host Sixth Annual Kids Camp in Manchester, New Hampshire June 10-17

June 07, 2018, 10:19 a.m. (ET)

RESTON, Va.  – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will be hosting their sixth annual Kids Camp on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H. from June 10-17.  Members of the WWAST will serve as coaches and mentors for 20 children with amputations or missing limbs during this weeklong event.


In addition to a week of softball, the kids and the team will take in local sights and attractions, including a tour of Boston. The last event of the week is the “Big Game” set to take place on June 16 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, the home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball team.  Game 1 features the kids at 2 p.m. ET with Game 2 pitting the WWAST against local celebrities at 4 p.m. ET. Gates are set to open at 1 p.m. ET


Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for $7 by clicking here or fans can call the Fisher Cats box office at (603) 641-2005.  Tickets will also be for sale at the stadium for $10. Children ages 8 and under will receive free admission. All proceeds will benefit the WWAST Kids Camp.


“The Kids Camp encompasses everything that the WWAST hopes to achieve in its mission to inspire others”, said WWAST Player and Board Member, Brian Gentilotti. “Our team embodies the true meaning of service beyond the uniform.  It is our absolute privilege to mentor these kids with ‘so-called’ disabilities.  From the outside, it may seem like the WWAST is the one giving back but in reality, it is the kids that give back to us. It is a blessing and a privilege to host this camp.”


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 life skills as well.


“We are excited to be hosting the sixth annual Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team kids camp in Manchester, New Hampshire,” said WWAST Kids Camp Event Organizer, Norm Harrison. “This is a wonderful chance for the campers to grow and learn from each other and become an example to others who face similar challenges.”


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 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.