On the road with the WWAST

Sept. 01, 2018, 4:11 p.m. (ET)

Submitted by the WWAST:

 

It’s been a busy summer to say the least!  The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) was honored to have Manchester, N.H. host the sixth Annual Kids Camp.The WWAST Kids Camp is an opportunity for 20 kids with amputees and their families to attend a weeklong camp, learning about themselves and each other.  The camp is followed by a doubleheader at the end of the week to show them they are truly warriors. Lifelong friendships were made, and barriers were broken while the kids truly inspire every year. Thank you to the community of New Hampshire, the event organizers, Norm Harrison and USA Softball of New Hampshire Umpires and Staff who stepped up and made this one of the most memorable camps and doubleheaders to date. The team looks forward to seeing these kids at the Alumni Camp in Branson, Mo., where they will be welcoming over 150 kids who have become part of the WWAST family.

 

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team would like to thank the many communities this summer who have welcomed and supported the team on the road for tournaments. From hosting the team with parades and BBQ’s, these communities have truly touched the team and their mission of continuing to serve beyond the uniform. Thank you to Jack Jones from USA Softball of North Dakota for hosting the team in Bismarck, N.D. during the 43rd Annual McQuade Charity Softball Tournament as the WWAST took on the ND Hall of Famers coached by Jack Jones himself. Next stop was Brainerd, Minn. where those in attendance may have spotted Colts, Coyotes and a Monster. The WWAST defeated the Celebrity Brainerd USA Team, which included Joe Haeg from NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, Brainerd Native and current NHL’er from the Arizona Coyotes Josh Archibald, and the team was coached by the “Monster” himself Paralympic and X-Games Gold Medalist Mike Shultz. The team would like to thank USA Softball of Minnesota’s staff and Mills Baseball Field for once again stepping up to the plate. 

 

We hope you were able to catch a couple of the WWAST players, Army SSG Ret Cody Rice and Staff Sergeant Ret Jonathon “Jon” Herst, as they became celebrities during MLB's All Star Week in Washington, DC for the All Star Legends and Celebrity Game.

 

The team would like to take this opportunity to thank Dennis Wince for his guidance and support as our Executive Director, and are excited to welcome Desiree Ellison as the new Executive Director of the WWAST. Desiree comes from the Minor League Baseball World and college athletics and has found her passion in life by combining her love of sports with years of fundraising, corporate sponsorship, and marketing to give back to the men and women in uniform. She is from a military family and is honored to work with the WWAST and help take the organization to the next level with new opportunities on the horizon. Please follow the team's journey at woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org

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.