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Wounded Warriors take to the field in double-header

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The competition is fierce, but winning is only part of the equation as The Wounded Warriors Softball Game gets underway at Murnane Field in Utica.

Many participants who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, are proving to the world that they are still athletes at Friday night's double-header.

The participants have defied the odds, fighting for our country, been to a dark place in their lives and are now telling their story.

They are part of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, otherwise known as WWAST, and are fifteen players from all different backgrounds who fought for America and are now fighting to prove their motto - that life without a limb is limitless.

Army soldiers and Marines who fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan were present Friday night, representing that they are some of our nation's bravest and most determined heroes.

They went overseas to fight for our country and in the process, lost a limb. They do not consider themselves handicapped but push to show the world that they can be better then they were with all of their extremities.

Greg Reynolds, player on WWAST believes that if success doesn't come to you, you should go to it.

"Whenever there is an object or barrier that you're faced with in your life, there's a lot of things in life that are outside of our control," Reynolds said. "But the one thing in life that we can all control is our attitude and if you remain positive you will bring good things around you."

The men on the softball team's mission is to raise awareness through these games, as well as through other events, such as motivational speeches and the paralympics. The mission is to prove that if they can rise above the challenge, so can you.

Opening ceremonies began at 6:30 p.m. Friday and the Wounded Warrior Softball Team faced off at 7 p.m. against the law enforcement team and at 8 p.m. faced a team of active service members.

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