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Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Game - Murnane Field

By Cindy McNicholl

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May 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Location: Murnane Field - Utica, NY

Email: cheryljassak@yahoo.com

Event Description

The Wounded Warrior team is made up of 15 players, split between veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and between veterans of the Army and Marines, all of whom have had at least one limb amputated.

The WWAST will play a double header on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Murnane Field, Utica, NY against local Law Enforcement Officers and a team from the 10th Mountain Division (Fort Drum).

The game was organized by Cheryl Jassak, Utica Elks Lodge #33 and a group of volunteers. It’s all about PAYING IT FORWARD!

WWAST (Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team) represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These young extremely athletic men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military/war, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they comprise the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) mission is to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of our military, and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. Our goal is to show other amputees and the general population, that these athletes through extensive rehabilitation and training are able to express their desires and perform the sport they loved.

WWAST athletes are examples of amputees who continue to push the limits of modern prosthetic technology with more and more applications. Of course, our dream would be the return of our soldiers from harm’s way without the resulting loss of life and limb. Until such a time, our vision is to support and honor our soldiers and veterans sacrifices, and to show other amputees and everyone who sees or hears about us that life without a limb is limitless.

Gates and Concessions open at 5:00pm and tickets are $5.00. Children 10 and under are free. Opening ceremony starts at 6:30pm followed by the WWAST facing off at 7pm with the Law Enforcement Team and 8pm with the 10th Mountain Division Team from Fort Drum.

Empire Racing, NASCAR truck racing series driver Sean Corr, and Warriors in the Workplace will also be at the event with the handicap accessible ride-along truck.

Special thanks to the Utica Elks Lodge #33 as the main sponsor for the event and thank you to Martini Graphics, Sound Investment DJ Service, American Red Cross, numerous volunteer fire departments, local, county, and state police departments.

For more information please feel free to contact Cheryl Jassak at cheryljassak@yahoo.com or 315-404-5159. Tickets are also available to purchase at the Utica Elks Lodge #33 on Champlin Ave. in Utica each day after 2pm or may also be purchased at the gate the day of the event.
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