Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kicks-off Its 2017 Season in Lakeland

By: Jessica Roberts

On Thursday, January 26 to Sunday, January 29, 2017, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is excited to kick-off its 2017 season with Spring Training at TigerTown (the home of the Detroit Tigers Spring Training and Lakeland Flying Tigers Minor League Baseball Team) in Lakeland.  Twenty of thirty currently rostered players will be participating in Spring Training along with eight non-rostered players who have been invited to tryout with the team.   As part of Spring Training, the WWAST will be participating in an exhibition game on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 PM versus the ISSA All-Stars (Senior Players) at the Plant City Stadium in Plant City, Florida.

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

“It is very exciting to be holding our Spring Training at TigerTown this year,” said Dennis Wince, WWAST Executive Director and US Army Retired Veteran.  “Working with TigerTown, we have seen firsthand the strong pride that everyone there displays for military personnel and Wounded Warriors and it is very gratifying to see the recognition for those that have served our country.  I know this will be a great event not only for the new players trying out for the team, but for our veteran players as well.”

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is a charitable organization whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of wounded warrior amputees. This organization is a perfect example of how a positive attitude, commitment, dedication and perseverance allow these warriors to overcome any obstacle. The WWAST is comprised of athletic amputee veterans and active duty servicemen and women who travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games.  The WWAST is partnered with USA Softball.  USA Softball is the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee.

““The Detroit Tigers organization is extremely honored to host the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team’s Spring Training at TigerTown and hope this is the beginning of many more Springs together to come in Lakeland,” said Ron Myers, Detroit Tigers, Director of Florida Operations.

For more information regarding the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and upcoming events, visit www.thewwast.org.

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