Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team set to take the field Veteran’s Day weekend

Nov. 08, 2018, 12:23 p.m. (ET)

Norfolk, Va. – The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will take the field against the Capistrano Area CHP softball team in the Veteran’s Day Softball Classic on Saturday, November 10. With gates set to open at 12 p.m. PT, an Opening Ceremony will kick off the day’s festivities at Saddleback College baseball field (28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA, 92692) at 1 p.m. PT.

 

Festivities are free and open to the public, and include a Kids Zone, barbeque hosted by the VFW, silent auction and raffles, as well as the fourth annual Veterans Resource Fair hosted by California Senator Patricia Bates and Assembly member William Brough.

 

“We would like to do our small part in honoring our veterans near and far, and to thank them for their service,” said WWAST Board Member, Jeanne Tumanjan. “We see their daily sacrifices firsthand and would like to honor them with this great family-friendly event. Thank you to our sponsors, donors, partners, and to the City of Mission Viejo for the continued support in hosting this event and providing amazing hospitality.”

   

All proceeds from this event benefit the WWAST and their mission of Serving Beyond The Uniform.

 

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.  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.

 

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. For media inquiries, please contact Stacey Hepp (stacey@thewwast.org). 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. Follow us on our journey as we rebrand to the USA Patriots®, America’s 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.