Veteran softball team honored with special night

FREEPORT — Wounded veterans often receive recognition for their dedicated service, but this week they were commended for their efforts on the softball field.

Sweeny community leaders honored the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team, a nonprofit group created to enhance the health of amputee veterans while educating and inspiring others, Friday night at the An Evening Of Honor gala at RiverPlace in Freeport.

“When you hear about what they do, why wouldn’t you want to support them?” asked Dedra Frazier, event organizer, at the gala. “These men face obstacles some of us will never understand. Their bodies have been changed forever.”

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Kids Camp Press Release

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2019

Norfolk, Virginia The USA Patriots, formerly known as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, is proud to announce the host city and location for Kids Camp 2019. The location this year will be Virginia Beach, Virginia hosted by Virginia Wesleyan University, at 5817 Wesleyan Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455. The weeklong Kids Camp is set to begin Monday July 29th, with Kids Camp Game set for Saturday August 3rd at TowneBank Park, home of the two-time Division III National Champions on the Virginia Wesleyan Campus. Alumni Kids Camp will begin Thursday August 1st. This will be the seventh consecutive year for Kids Camp in which the team hosts this unique and life changing opportunity for twenty children along with one parent/guardian to attend their camp at no cost, and the third year for the Kids Alumni Camp. During this weeklong event, the USA Patriots will teach kids, who have been living with congenital limb loss or have suffered amputation from illness or injury, the basic fundamentals of playing ball sports. The USA Patriots team members lend a first-hand experience demonstrating the correct way to maneuver basic fundamentals of running bases, batting, pitching and catching while overcoming obstacles, and adapting to everyday challenges. “Our annual kids camp is my favorite event of the year,” said Brian Gentilotti, USA Patriots player and Board Member. “It is a true blessing and honor to be able to spend a week with these kids and their parents creating friendships that will last a lifetime. Bonding with and mentoring these campers on and off the field and showing them Life Without Limbs Is Limitless® truly depicts what this team is all about.” If you know a child who would be a good candidate registration is now open and can be found at http://woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/kids-camp.

This will be the first year in which the Alumni Kids Camp will also take place at the same location overlapping with the original Kids Camp. “Our family experienced Kids Camp in 2015 and was an incredible week. This was the first time William was able to spend time with other limb different kids as well as adults. We saw him truly let his guard down and just be a kid, instead of the kid missing a leg”, Jessie Thompson, parent of 2015 Alumni Kids Camp William Thompson. “During our week at camp, we were able to see William gain an incredible sense of self-acceptance and able to witness him connect with other kids facing similar challenges, and take them in stride. We had the opportunity to meet other families who could whole heartedly understand the uniqueness of raising a limb different child. William, along with the rest of our family, developed life-long friendships. We are so thankful for Kids Camp as well as all the players who will forever hold a special place in our hearts.” To learn how you can get involved as a volunteer please contact camp@thewwast.org. For local/national corporate sponsorship inquiries, please contact desiree@thewwast.org

To follow along with their journey please visit http://woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org or Facebook/Instagram: @usawwast

For media inquiries please email Stacey Hepp stacey@heppcreativesolutions.com

About the USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team

The 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 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, allowing them to continue Serving Beyond The Uniform®. Together they are the USA Patriots, America’s Amputee Softball Team.

USA Patriots return to Lakeland for 2019 Spring Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2019

USA Patriots return to Lakeland for 2019 Spring Training

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 Marineand 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. Spring Training kicks off at Tiger Town (the home of the Detroit Tigers Spring Training and Lakeland Flying Tigers Minor League Baseball Team) on January 22 and lasts through January 26. 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.
“We are very excited to be back in Lakeland, Florida for spring training with the launch of our new logo and name. We are grateful for the perfect weather, and the support from the community is always so welcoming. I am proud to
coach these men and women who have worked so hard to heal and continue to serve, they are an amazing team who inspires me every day” said Chief Master Sgt. Randall Raper, 56th Fighter Wing Command Chief, and USA Patriots Head Coach.
For media inquiries please email Stacey Hepp, stacey@heppcreativesolutions.com. To 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.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations, and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best
trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships
and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

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