The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and Ballparks of America in Branson, MO to host Alumni Kids Camp on September 27-October 1, 2017

Publish Date: 
Friday, September 22, 2017

RESTON, VA - The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) (http://www.thewwast.org) and Ballparks of America (http://www.ballparksofamerica.com/) will be hosting their first ever Alumni Kids Camps in Branson, Missouri on September 27-October 1, 2017. This event is for the kids that participated in one of the previous annual WWAST Kids Camps and will provide an opportunity for players and past campers to reconnect. Thirty kids and 11 Wounded Warriors are scheduled to attend this event. On Saturday, September 30 at 6:00 pm the Kids will be playing in a game followed by an exhibition game with the WWAST against an able-bodied Branson All-Star Team. Gates open at 5:00 pm and admission is free to the public.

“This Alumni Kids Camp encompasses everything that WWAST hopes to achieve in its mission to inspire others”, said Josh Wege, WWAST Player and Chairman of the Board. “The WWAST, a team of veterans, embodies the true meaning service beyond the uniform and will not forgot nor take it for granted. It is our absolute privilege to hang up our bats and gloves for the weekend and mentor these kids with ‘so-called’ disabilities. Personally, all I have witnessed is strength. Throughout their shorts lives, these kids have been tested more than most people will be in their entire life. The combination of strength and the smile I have seen on the kids’ faces means everything to me. From the outside, it may seem like the WWAST is the one giving back, but in reality, it is kids that give back to us. It is a blessing and a privilege to host these camps.”

The WWAST is made up of brave men and women, both veterans and active duty soldiers, from all service branches, who have sustained injuries resulting in amputation. Through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity, and exhibition games across the country.

In addition to functioning as an outlet for veterans and active duty soldiers to compete athletically, the WWAST uses these cross-country games to raise funds for the WWAST Kids Camp, medical research, and rehabilitation equipment. Now in its fifth year, the WWAST Kids Camp seeks to empower young boys and girls with amputations. The camps are led by WWAST players who work as coaches and mentors, helping teach not just softball skills, but more importantly life skills as well.
“We are honored to partner with the WWAST to create opportunities such as this for America’s youth. Ballparks of America was built as a once in lifetime experience for 10-13-year-old baseball players, softball players of all ages and their families! We are proud to use this beautiful facility to provide life affirming experiences for children and our nations' wounded warriors,” stated Hamilton Chang, CEO of Ballparks of America. "We are grateful for our Gold star corporate sponsor American Airlines for flying out WWAST players and coaches to this special event and also for all the community support around the Branson area.”
In July 2017, Ballparks of America celebrated their one year anniversary and announced the hiring of their new General Manager, Bobby Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe is an accomplished varsity baseball coach in the state of Idaho, holding the record for highest winning percentage of any varsity baseball coach in the state and was awarded ‘Coach of the Year’ in 2005, 2008, and 2010. In addition to being one of Idaho’s winningest high school coaches, he served in the U.S. Marine Corp as part of a Reconnaissance Team and was trained as a Ranger with the U.S. Army.
“As a veteran of the Marines and serving four tours of duty, I am so honored to be a part of Ballparks of American and to have our first event be in support of our brothers in arms,” said Bobby Sutcliffe, Ballparks of America General Manager.
“We, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, are so thankful to have this opportunity to partner with Ballparks of America in hosting our Alumni Kids Camp,” said Brian Gentilotti, WWAST Player and Alumni Kids Camp Director. “It is organizations like this that allow us to better work towards our mission to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. Being an amputee is not always easy, but I wouldn't not trade my life for anything because I get the privilege to be able to be a part of things like Kids Camp.”

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

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

About Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is a standalone 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of wounded warrior amputees. The team was created in March 2011 and travels the country playing able-bodied softball teams. The WWAST is not affiliated with other charities having the words “Wounded Warrior” in their name (e.g. Wounded Warrior Project, etc.). Since its inception, over 85% of donations have supported programs helping Wounded Warrior Amputees, amputee children, and supporting medical research. You can find more information about the WWAST at www.thewwast.org.

About Ballparks of America
Ballparks of America offers America’s Finest Youth Baseball Tournaments. Our goal is simple – to allow 10 to 13 year olds to experience the joy of BFF: Baseball, Friends and Family. With 2/3 size replicas of five iconic fields spanning the history of baseball, all with lighted premium synthetic turf and stadium seats players, coaches and parents will all get the big league experience. As a stay-and- play tournament, players will room with friends in our MLB-style Team Suites with big screen TV's, air conditioning and private showers to add to the professional experience. And for the whole family, Ballparks of America is in the heart of the breathtaking Ozark Mountains in the vacation destination of Branson, MO, voted #1 in Trivago’s “U.S. Best Value Cities” for Vacations Destination, and ranking in TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Destinations” five years in a row. Moments away from some of America’s finest theme parks, designer label shopping and a variety of dining options, three pristine lakes famous for record bass fishing and recreational water sports like sailing, skiing and parasailing, as well as a 100-mile hiking trail network and many award-winning golf courses like Top of the Rock and Buffalo Ridge where the Senior PGA event is held.
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