The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), which has been featured on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel ” on HBO, ESPN , the “Today Show” on NBC and other national media , visits NYC ( May 20 ) and Long Island ( May 21 ). The team, which is comprised of wounded veterans from around the country, will be competing with the NYC office of the ATF, NYPD Blues, and the Long Island Allstars. These events are all family-oriented, open to the public and free-of-charge.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team was founded more than six years ago to provide a competitive activity for veterans who had amputations due to injuries sustained in combat. The mission of their organization is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of Wounded Warrior Amputees. The organization also funds an annual Kids Camp for children who have lost limbs due to amputation.
WWAST player, Matias Ferreira, a Marine Corps veteran who has recovered from severe injuries he suffered while deployed in Afghanistan, recently became an officer in The Suffolk County Police Department. He lives with his family on Long Island.
Game : WWAST vs the ATF
Saturday May 20, 12noon.
Smith field in the Preller Complex, Hillside Ave, Queens Village, Queens NYC
After the game the WWAST players will meet and greet everyone, while on the field the NYPD Blue’s take on the NYPD Detective Endowment Team.
GAME: WWAST vs the Long Island All Stars.
Sunday May 21, 12noon, suggest getting there early.
Medford Athletic Complex, Horseblock Rd, Medford, Long Island, NY
Fantastic opening ceremony with the Patriot Guard among others.
All games are free and open to the public.
“It’s great to have this team of remarkable men play in our area again. Everytime they come here, it just keeps getting better,” said Joe Bartumioli, who serves as volunteer promoter of WWAST’s New York and Long Island appearances Joe continues, “It is always a fun and inspirational event for everyone who attends. We hope for an ever larger crowd this year to cheer on these brave veterans. It will be an incredible weekend of Celebration, Inspiration and Motivation!”
This year’s events are presented locally by Northwell Health. Other supporters of the Long Island appearances include: CSEA Local 852, Long Island ABATE, Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame, TOPPS Baseball Cards, Town of Brookhaven, and Winter Brothers Waste.
About Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST)
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.
Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude. Together they are the WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM. To learn more about this organization, visit www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org.
The WWAST is not affiliated with other charities having the words “Wounded Warrior” in their name (e.g. Wounded Warrior Project, etc.). Since our inception, over 85% of our donations have supported programs helping Wounded Warrior Amputees, amputee children, and medical research.