by Mary Helen Darah

The Sylvania Senior Softball League is hosting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team for a series of three exhibition games:

Saturday, May 26
noon to 8:30 p.m.
Mercy Health Field
525 South Holland-Sylvania Rd.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ (WWAST) is a standalone 501(c)(3) public charity, founded in 2010. WWAST gives Wounded Warrior athletes the opportunity to compete and serve their country beyond the battlefield, inspiring their fellow countrymen to overcome any challenge. The team is comprised of veteran and active duty servicemen who served in the armed forces. They now travel the country playing able-bodied teams in celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration with them. Their mission is to educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of wounded warrior amputees.

The organization supports Kids Camp, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, which assists with the college education of fallen veterans’ children, heterotopic ossification research (a condition that affects wounded service members with blast injury limb loss) and donates rehabilitation equipment to military health facilities. WWAST also provides guest speaker appearances to inspire others. The Sylvania Senior Softball League is excited to be hosting this event. The SSS is a league of 50+ year-old men that play at Pacesetter Park in Sylvania.

The event will include entertainment, recognition of military veterans, guest speakers, a 50/50 raffle and the exhibition games. At 1:45 p.m., the Toledo Police and Fire team will take on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, followed by a local celebrity team at 3:30 p.m., and the Sylvania Senior Softball Team, at 7 p.m. Fred LeFebvre, WSPD News Radio, will serve as emcee. Admission is $5, children 5 years and younger are free. Proceeds will go towards expenses for the event and sponsorship of local children with prosthetics to attend WWAST Kids Camp.

Jay Schramm, event chairman, and Sylvania Senior Softball Team board member, is thrilled the SSS will be hosting the event for the third time. “The players love coming to Toledo because we are very patriotic and the community is very supportive of the Wounded Warriors and their mission,” he stated. “The event will help bring in funds to help kids that have suffered from the loss of a limb. Sending kids to WWAST Kids Camp is very important to build their self-confidence and to teach them skills to learn how to live independently. It’s a great patriotic event. Many are not in tune with what it takes to protect our country and us.”