Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team coming to MHT July 25: ‘Life without a limb is limitless’

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“Life without a limb is limitless.” — WWAST


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MANCHESTER, NH — Looking for a great night out that celebrates and supports our wounded war veterans? Consider attending a Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team game, as the national team heads to the Granite State for two games to benefit Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire in July, in Manchester and Nashua.

On July 24 the WWAST will play the NH Nemesis, a 60+ team, at Holman Stadium in Nashua at 7 p.m., and on July 25 you can see the WWAST against a rag-tag team of local Manchester Celebrities at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, at 12 p.m., including retired Manchester Police Chief David Mara, Rock 101’s Adam Furious, WMUR on-air personalities and many more.  Admission for each game is $10.

The collaboration between the WWAST and Veterans Count will benefit local veterans in New Hampshire and the WWAST. The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country in the military/war. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations. They travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration.

This weekend-long, patriotic effort will directly impact the lives of NH service members of all eras and their families. Since 2007, over $2 million in donations to Veterans Count has provided more than 8,600 individuals with services including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Veterans Count provides financial assistance for food, home maintenance, utilities, housing, rent, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline, and medical bills.

“The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans and we could not be more proud to partner with them in this effort,” said Easter Seals NH President & CEO Larry Gammon. “These young athletes 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.”

Tickets for the July 24 game are available at www.nashuasilverknights.com, or by visiting or calling the box office of Historic Holman Stadium at 603.718.8883. Tickets for July 25 are available at www.nhfishercats.com, or by visiting or calling the box office of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at 603.641.2005.

Screenshot 2015-06-27 at 9.28.19 AMWWAST 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 goal 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.

The goal: to inspire and educate everyone who watches them play, including other amputees — and anyone who has challenges to overcome — that living life without limits makes all the difference.

WWAST Kids Camp provides the opportunity to inspire and educate the kids who attend the camp as well as anyone who has the opportunity to attend the event. It also enhances the health and welfare of our Wounded Warrior amputees as it provides them the power of making a difference in the life of a child.

Money raised by the community softball events also help support heterotopic ossification (HO) research, which enhances the health of all wounded warrior amputees, as well as other amputees. Find out more about HO through the following link:

Heterotopic Ossification (HO) Research

WWAST also donates rehabilitation equipment to military health facilities, which enhances the health of all Wounded Warrior amputees, as well as others, who rehab at those locations.

WWAST Roster

# Players B/T Pos. Team Service
33 Carlo Adame R/R INF 1 Year
4 Leonard Anderson R/R C/OF 1 Year
30 Saul Bosquez R/R INF 4 Years
40 Nicholas “Nick” Bradley R/R C/OF 1 Year
7 Zachary “Beef” Briseno R/R P/INF 1 Year
11 Thomas “Tom” Carlo R/R P/DH 4 Years
13 Nicholas “Nick” Clark R/R OF 4 Years
27 Manuel “Manny” Del Rio R/R INF/C 2 Years
21 Michael “Mike” Dreyer R/R P/C 1 Year
17 Kyle Earl R/R OF 3 Years
2 Matias Ferreira R/R INF/C 3 Years
31 Michael “Mike” Gallardo R/R INF 1 Year
10 Lonnie Gaudet R/R INF/OF 1 Year
15 William “Spanky” Gibson R/R C/DH 4 Years
18 Jonathan “Jon” Herst R/R INF 1 Year
34 Timothy “Tim” Horton R/R INF/OF 4 Years
19 Christopher “Chris” Hutton R/R P/INF 1 Year
12 Matthew “Matt” Kinsey R/R INF 4 Years
5 Daniel “Dan” Lasko R/R OF/INF 4 Years
22 Nathaniel “Nate” Lindsey R/L OF 4 Years
8 Robert “Bobby” McCardle R/R INF 4 Years
14 Ryan “Mac” McIntosh R/R OF 1 Year
28 Todd Reed L/R OF 3 Years
9 Gregory “Greg” Reynolds L/R OF 4 Years
32 Cody Rice R/R OF/INF 1 Year
24 Phillip “Randall” Rugg II R/R INF/C 4 Years
23 Joshua “Josh” Wege R/R OF/INF 4 Years

About

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ (WWAST) 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.

Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they are the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM.

Corporate Sponsors for the NH events: City of Nashua, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, and The Silver Knights. Additional Corporate Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. For more information, please contact WWAST-NH Committee Member Norm Harrison at 603.321.0461 or norm.harrison@yahoo.com.


 

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