USA Patriots set for start of Tour of Virginia following rebrand

April 26, 2019, 4:55 p.m. (ET)

Norfolk, Virginia –The USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team, formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will begin the Tour of Virginia on April 27. Featuring a weeklong tour of tournaments, players will make their way to Johnson City, Tenn. on April 27, and then continue on to Washington County-Bristol (April 28), Wytheville, Va. (April 30), Strasburg, Va. (May 1), Lynchburg, Va. (May 2), Bedford, Va. (May 3) and Vinton/Salem, Va. (May 4).

 

“We are proud to be hosting the USA Patriots again this year for the Tour of Virginia,” said Virginia Moose Association Committee Chairman and USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia Commissioner, Andy Dooley. “We anticipate an outstanding event along with a patriotic atmosphere to honor our heroes. We hope the communities will come to cheer them on as we travel from Johnson City, Tennessee throughout the 81 corridor of Virginia. This promises to be a tremendous event for the entire family and a great way to honor America’s Amputee Softball Team and our Nation’s Veterans. The Virginia Moose Association and USA Softball of Piedmont Virginia are proud to help them raise awareness and funds for their signature annual Kids Camp.”

 

The USA Patriots team is made up of 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 USA Patriots use these cross-country games to raise funds for their Kids Camp, medical research, and rehabilitation equipment. Now in its fifth year, the USA Patriots Kids Camp seeks to empower young boys and girls with amputations. The camps are led by USA Patriots players who work as coaches and mentors, helping teach not just softball skills but more importantly, life skills as well.

 

“We are very excited to be heading back to Virginia” said USA Patriots team member and Board member Brent Nadjadi, U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant (Retired) who has a Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Parachutist Badge. “I have been waiting for the tour to start as the brotherhood and camaraderie is a big part of why we are on this team.”

 

The USA Patriots recently rebranded from the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team.

 

“The team is very proud of their history and most folks know them as ‘the WWAST’ however a change was needed to clarify the identity as a team and a better platform to spread our mission,” said retired Marine and Chairman of the Board, Josh Wege. “As we grew, it became obvious that it was time for a rebrand and the name USA Patriots seemed to be perfect, describing who we are as we do so much more than play softball.”

 

For media inquiries please email Stacey Hepp, stacey@heppcreativesolutions.com. To follow along with their journey please visithttps://usapatriotsamputeesoftball.org or Facebook/Instagram: @usawwast, or to find out how you can support the USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team, please contact Executive Director, Desiree Ellison at desiree@thewwast.org.

 

About the USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team

USA Patriots, formerly known as Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of wounded Veteran Amputees. The USA Patriots represent some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men and women 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, allowing them to continue Serving Beyond The Uniform®. Together they are the USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team.