Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team playing Guns & Hoses
NORFOLK, Va. — The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team will be visiting Welch, Sept. 13-16. While in town, the team will be participating in a variety of events as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. — On-field recognition of team members and Kids Camp Alumni at Target Field prior to Twins and Yankees game.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. — Check-in 11 a.m. shotgun start at noon — 18 holes of golf and buffet dinner at Mount Frontenac Golf Course.
Friday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. — Opening ceremonies then an exhibition game at Prairie Island Sports Complex across the street from Treasure Island Resort and Casino where the WWAST will take on Red Wings First Responders followed by a home run derby. Admission is free.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. check-in, noon start — corn hole tournament inside Treasure Island Resort and Casino.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, 7 a.m. check-in, 8 a.m. start — slow-pitch softball tournament.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. check-in, noon start — bowling at Island Extreme Bowl inside Treasure Island Resort and Casino.
For more information, go to: cagear.com/tourney.
The WWAST is made up of 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. Now in its sixth year, 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 more importantly life skills as well.