Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to Play Senior Softball-USA All-Stars
Posted on February 5th, 2013 by Rebecca Thompson
The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will play an exhibition game against the Senior Softball-USA All-Stars on Wednesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader. The game will take place at the Auburndale Softball Complex, 99 Florida Citrus Blvd., Auburndale, FL 33823 (near the Auburndale Speedway), following the Senior Softball-USA Tournament of Champions East vs. West All Star game that begins at 5:00 p.m. Admission to the games is free.
2013 marks the seventh consecutive year that Polk County has hosted the prestigious Senior Softball-USA Tournament of Champions, but this exhibition game between the WWAST and the Senior Softball-USA All-Stars is a new addition to the schedule.
The mission of the WWAST is to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of the U.S. military, and to highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country.
Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing is honored to co-host this exhibition game with Senior Softball-USA, as part of the Tournament of Champions. The Senior Softball-USA Tournament of Champions is considered the most elite tournament in the sport. In order to participate in the elite five-day event, Senior Softball teams had to qualify by winning their division at one of 20 qualifying Regional or National Championships held throughout the country. The Tournament of Champions also features clinics and contests on the first two days, followed by three days of tournament play to determine the best of the best in eight different age divisions. A total of 89 senior softball teams from across the country will converge on Polk County, for an estimated economic impact of more than $2 million.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team has received national media coverage:
- CBS Evening News
- NBC Nightly News
- Sports Illustrated, Battlefield to Ball Field written by Phil Taylor
- HBO “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel
- Sporting News
For more information and to set up interviews, contact:
David Van Sleet, firstname.lastname@example.org