The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will take on the National Pro Fastpitch 2013 Champions, the USSSA Florida Pride, in an exhibition game at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Big League Dreams sports park, 33-700 Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City.
The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), is represented by a group of dedicated, determined heroes – young, athletic men who have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military/war.
Through extensive rehabilitation – and new armor consisting of prosthetic legs and arms – these men have become competitive athletes again.
The men – who hail from towns across the country – served in the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) mission is to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of our military, and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. Our goal is to show other amputees and the general population, that these athletes through extensive rehabilitation and training are able to express their desires and perform the sport they loved.
The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country in the military/war. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations of the arm, above knee, below knee, bilateral below knee, and foot. Some are still in the service, others are attending college thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill while others have moved on to new careers.
WWAST athletes are examples of amputees who continue to push the limits of modern prosthetic technology with more and more applications. Of course, our dream would be the return of our soldiers from harms way without the resulting loss of life and limb. Until such a time, our vision is to support and honor our soldiers and veterans sacrifices, and to show other amputees and everyone who sees or hears about us that life without a limb is limitless.