Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to play in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 16-18

March 12, 2018, 1:10 p.m. (ET)

RESTON, Va. – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) returns to Albuquerque, N.M. to play in the Pay It Forward softball tournament hosted by Ramsey Charitable Trust Inc. (RCTI).  On Saturday, March 17, the WWAST will play at Los Altos Fields (821 Eubank NE, Albuquerque, N.M.), with their first game slated to start at 9:00 a.m. MT.  Later that evening, the WWAST will participate in an exhibition game at 6:00 p.m. MT against a team of military, police and civilian All-Stars at Los Altos Fields, Field 4.  Admission to this event is free, and the tournament will conclude on Sunday morning, March 18.


“We are excited to be returning to Albuquerque, New Mexico to once again play in the Pay It Forward tournament,” said WWAST Executive Director and US Army Retired Veteran, Dennis Wince. “The last time we played here the team took third place and we hope to better our showing.  Working with the event organizer, 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.


“We are HONORED and very proud to be hosting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team for the second time here in Albuquerque,” said Event Organizer, Toni Ramsey.  “We anticipate a great event with over 50 teams playing in the tournament.  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.  It is our privilege to help the WWAST raise awareness and funds for their signature event, the WWAST Kids Camp.”


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.