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.

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Akron celebrities to participate in Wounded Warrior softball double-header

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.

 

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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.

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‘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.

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Wounded warriors coach softball to children with similar challenges

WASHINGTON — It’s a kids’ softball camp where the coaches are wounded warriors and the children face similar challenges. But this camp is about so much more than just softball.

This is the fifth year the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team has held a softball camp for children ages 8 to 12 who are amputees. This year, 20 kids from across the country attended the weeklong camp at George Mason University in Fairfax.

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