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.

Roses and Thorns

[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.

Read More..

Neoga boy enjoys adventure of a lifetime

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.

Read More..

‘Truly a Life-Changing Experience for Kids’

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.

Read More..

Amputee softball games benefit camp for children with prosthesis

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team played a three-game series at Cranston Stadium this past weekend to help raise proceeds for their annual camp for children with prosthesis.

 

The team, which was created six years ago, has traveled all over the country playing only able-bodied teams. While all of the players have lost a limb or even two in some cases, it has not stopped them from winning approximately 67 percent of their games.

 

Read More…

CALENDAR

WWAST Calendar

« March 2019 » loading...
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
25
26
27
28
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

Our Players Speak

from the heart to a wide variety of topics suitable for students, amputees, and many others in need of motivation.

Request More Info!

Stay Up To Date

on games and events with our email newsletter. Find out when the WWAST may be in your area

Sign Up Now!

Testimonials

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team are truly amazing and heroes. It was such an honor to host them and have them come to our hometown of Sulphu…
Jennie Finch, Former Olympian and Professional Softball Player