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

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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.

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