"Dustup" on the Diamond
- Posted on June 18, 2012
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers, Marines and veterans. These young, extremely athletic men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputations while serving in the military. Through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Organized in 2011, it is a non-profit organization that travels throughout the country playing softball against area firefighters, police officers and even some celebrities.
The WWAST is scheduled to play in Fond du Lac at Lakeside Park on July 7th of this year. This event will be free to the community and is intended to show the resilience of our wounded military and their intense perseverance to overcome the challenges of life without limbs. I plan to organize various kids’ games and also have a meet and great with the Wounded Warriors themselves between the morning and afternoon games. I would like to have concessions available for the general public throughout the day but a tailgate is planned at one of the shelters for the WWAST after the morning game. A concert is also being planned to conclude the day’s events.
09:00 Welcome ceremony begins with parade route from Ramada to Lakeside Park down Main Street
10:30 Honor Guard presentation and Welcome Speech, National Anthem
11:00 WWAST vs Dan’s Village Bowl
12:15 Tailgate for team, friends and family (concessions available all day for public)
13:00 Meet and greet with team, pictures, autographs
14:30 WWAST vs FDL Police Department
16:00 WWAST vs FDL Fire Department
17:30 Music and Entertainment
Two of the team’s members are “local boys.” Josh Wege, of Campbellsport, was injured in Afghanistan on October 4th, 2009 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. At the age of 19, he became a bilateral below the knee amputee. While serving in Iraq, Bobby McCardle, from Hales Corners, became a right below the knee amputee on April 24th, 2007 when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.
These men have all given of themselves, literally, for our freedom and safety. Please help me show our sincere gratitude and support by hosting this event at Lakeside Park. Visit the WWAST website for further information, player profiles, pictures and videos of past events.
For further information or if you would like to make a donation or volunteer your time please contact:
Jessica Grede (920) 979-4676 firstname.lastname@example.org