GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - A team of national heroes takes to the field at Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday for a charity softball game. While the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is out to win, it also knows the bigger role the team plays.
Campbellsport native and war hero Josh Wege, who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan back in 2009, is one of almost 40 members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team. The team and its experience gives these men and woman, injured in combat, a chance to be athletes again.
As the number of veterans with both physical and psychological injuries balloons, this squad of 11 wounded warriors wards off PTSD by playing a little ball.
On a clear July afternoon, the Warriors softball team walks into Canal Park – a 7,630-seat minor league baseball stadium in Akron, Ohio – in sort of a funk. The squad was just thrashed in a tournament in Brainerd, Minnesota, losing all four games they played. The same ten men and one woman then flew to Akron on five separate flights to take part in a doubleheader today, the first against a “local celebrities” team fronted by the city’s mayor. The Warriors warm up by stretching, tossing high flies on the sunlit outfield, and smacking neon softballs in the underground batting cages below the dugout. But there’s a new concern overtaking the malaise brought on by the exhausting travel and demoralizing losses back in Brainerd: there aren’t enough towels in the locker room.
Cody Rice is the loudest player in the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team outfield, barking at his teammates right in the middle of game play.
It’s all lighthearted, especially when he looks at co-players like Danielle Green and says things like, “Use two hands,” this despite the fact she lost her arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. He was the first to say the team could have played better after a 14-10 win over a team of local celebrities, but he was also the first player to cuddle a dog outside the team dugout.
[rose] That was an inspiring story this week by EDN reporter Keith Stewart: When 8-year-old Jack Finney’s parents applied to have him attend a kid’s camp through the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), they didn’t expect he’d be chosen. “Jack turned 8 in December so we just sent in an application,” said Jack’s mother Stephanie. “We weren’t expecting to be chosen as one of 20. But he was.” That led to Jack and his family being flown out to Washington, D.C., last month where the WWAST hosted a week-long softball camp. “Every morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon was the softball clinic,” explained Stephanie. “They taught them softball skills. Some of these kids had loved baseball since they were old enough to hold a ball but some hadn’t played so they began by hitting soccer balls off a tee.” Roses for Jack, and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. That sounds like one heckuva fine program.
[rose] The Effingham Daily News is seeking nominations for “Angels Among Us,” a recognition given to ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things. Nominees for this honor are our friends, neighbors and community members who go above and beyond to help make this community a better place. Those wishing to nominate someone should do so online at www.effinghamdailynews.com/angels. Nominations can also be dropped off at or mailed to the newspaper: 201 N. Banker St., Effingham, IL 62401. The deadline is July 21. Your EDN publisher, Darrell Lewis, said what makes this recognition important is that it showcases individuals who do not always have their efforts recognized.
AKRON, Ohio — The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play a charity doubleheader game at Canal Park on Saturday, July 15.
The first game of the twin bill begins at 5 p.m. and will pit the Wounded Warrior team against Akron celebrities, including Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Channel 3 Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling and Audrey Hartman of the Firestone High School State Championship softball team.
Members of the American Legion Post 808 will also be part of the Celebrity Team.
When 8-year-old Jack Finney’s parents applied to have him attend a kid’s camp through the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), they didn’t expect he’d be chosen.
“Jack turned 8 in December so we just sent in an application,” said Jack’s mother Stephanie. “We weren’t expecting to be chosen as one of 20. But he was.”
That led to Jack and his family being flown out to Washington, D.C., last month where the WWAST hosted a week-long softball camp.
Some of the children swung the bat with one hand; others hopped to first base after getting a hit. But in the end, it didn’t really matter how they played softball – or even who won the game – just that they did it.
#These boys and girls were participating June 17 in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Game at GMU’s softball complex. And unlike in traditional competitions, the people in the stands cheered for every player on both teams.