They are mostly Army vets, with a couple of Air Force and Marines thrown in. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, or WWAST, was thrown together by fate. They barnstorm around the country, playing softball against local teams, working to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of soldiers who have lost arms or legs in combat.
On Saturday evening, they came to North Collier Regional Park to take on the North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District first responders, and then the Collier County Senior Softball team.
Each regular member of the team lost a limb fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, and each has been able to continue playing the game they love. For Danielle Green, it’s a game she is still getting used to. She played basketball for the University of Notre Dame, then went to Iraq with the U.S. Army.
By the way Josh Wege swings the bat, you’d never guess he’s missing both legs.
Wege is one of about 30 players that make up the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team, an organization raising awareness for combat-wounded veterans – and helping those who play heal.
“We’re out there to show the world what the military spirit is,” Wege said. “Especially in Naples where there’s a lot of vets in the crowd we just want to embody that doughboy spirit that they showed. We want to make them proud and show that the fight is still there.”
See WWAST player Dan Lasko in a recent Pedigree Ad, appropriately titled, “Rescued.”
Injured soldier and tween team up on the baseball diamond to teach a lesson
NEW FAIRFIELD — At just 11-years-old, Jen Castro is determined to prove she is a heavy hitter.
Jen, a sixth-grader at New Fairfield Middle School, is an avid softball player and has also become an ambassador for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. She also was born with without half of her left arm.