Anyone looking for inspiration would have done well Saturday afternoon by heading out to Ulland Park Softball Complex in Grand Fork.
After spending some time practicing with area youth, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and area Military and Law Enforcement combined to put on an exhibition game for the community. Players produced lots of score, smashed a ton of home runs everyone enjoyed every minute of it.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Its mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. The group is comprised of competitive, athletic veterans who have lost limbs while serving their country in the military/war. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations. Some are still in the service; some are attending college; and others have moved on to new careers.
The team travels across the United States to play able-bodied teams in competitive and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration.
In addition to raising funds to help cover softball program costs, WWST hosts an annual Kids Camp that brings in 20 children ages 8 to 12 with amputations for a weeklong camp where team members serve as coaches and mentors. The WWAST pays all expenses for the 20 children and one guardian. This year the camp is going to be held in Northern Virginia June 13-18.
Because many of the WWST players have spent time at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, WWST also raises funds to provide equipment that may not be in the hospital budget. In the past, it has donated new equipment to update the physical therapy room.
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