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USA Patriots return to Lakeland for 2019 Spring Training

Jan. 17, 2019, 1 p.m. (ET)

NORFOLK, VA - For the third year in a row, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will return to Lakeland, Fla. for their annual Spring Training. However this year there will be some exciting changes as the team rebrands to the 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 their identity as a team.


"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. We want to be an inspiration," said retired Marine and Chairman of the Board, Josh Wege.


The USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team will continue their mission of Serving Beyond the Uniform® showing the world that Life Without Limbs is Limitless® but with a little clearer messaging and branding. A new logo will go into effect during Spring Training and a new website will be unveiled in Spring 2019.


"We are very excited to be back in Lakeland, Florida for Spring Training with the launch of our new logo and name," said Chief Master Sgt., 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief and USA Patriots Head Coach, Randall Raper.


Spring Training kicks off on January 22 and lasts through January 26 at TigerTown Complex (2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, Fla. 33805). Games will be held Friday, January 25 in Plant City at the Plant City Stadium (1810 S Park Rd, Plant City, Fla. 33563) against the International Senior Softball Team as well as a game in Lakeland on Saturday, January 26, at a location yet to be determined. 


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


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 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. Together they are the USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team.