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. The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation, and through extensive rehabilitation they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in exhibition games across the country.
Each summer, the WWAST hosts a softball camp for kids with amputations or missing limbs where the WWAST players serve as coaches and mentors. The camp travels to different locations each year, and20 kids from all over the U.S. are invited to attend. The WWAST organization pays for one parent and their child to attend a week-long camp. Last summer (2014), two patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities attended camp in Kentucky, and this summer (2015) five fortunate patients attended in California.
The men on the WWAST capture the hearts of all in attendance the minute you meet them. They have so bravely fought for us and our freedom. They have suffered unconscionable injuries and numerous surgeries to once again perform as athletes at the highest level possible without signs of any restrictions; whatsoever. They truly inspire with their message “Life Without a Limb is Limitless” and have become role models for everyone, especially children who have a limb loss.
The 2016 WWAST Kids Camp will be held June 13–18 in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
To learn more about WWAST and the Kids Camp, follow these links:
WWAST Kids Camp
Highlights of the 2015 camp can be found here and here.