MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University will play host to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) Kids Camp from June 11-15.
The 2018 camp will be held at the SNHU Softball Field on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, as well as Thursday from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers from SNHU will prepare the field and provide, water, ice, towels, necessary equipment and other supplies. Campers will also use the pool in the Athletic Complex, with SNHU providing its lifeguards.
The WWAST, made up of some of our nation's bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers, and veterans, have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation and, through extensive rehabilitation, have become competitive athletes again, playing against able-bodied teams in exhibition games across the country. The team will practice Monday and Tuesday at Penmen Field, in preparation for Saturday's game against the New Hampshire Celebrity All-Star Team.
With WWAST players having such a profound impact on children with amputations or missing limbs, the Kids Camp was created for such children, with WWAST players serving as coaches and mentors. The inaugural camp was held in Orlando, Fla., back in June 2013.
The Kids Camp game will be played in downtown Manchester at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats – the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays – on Saturday from 2-3:30 p.m. The WWAST exhibition will then follow from 4-5:30 p.m. SNHU head baseball coach Scott Loiseau, assistant coach Zach Lebarron and Penmen softball assistant coach Ali Maloof will all suit up for the NH All-Star Team, with University College President Dr. Patty Lynott also making a celebrity appearance.
Tickets for the games are $7 per person and are available by clicking HERE. Children 8-and-under can obtain tickets at the gate.
To qualify to attend Kids Camp, children must be between 8-12 years old, with an amputation or missing limb, and be physically capable of participating in the daily softball clinics. Priority is given to children who otherwise qualify and are from military families. Regardless of the location of Kids Camp, children from all over the country are eligible to attend. WWAST pays all expenses for the child and a parent, including travel, meals and lodging. For more information, visit http://woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/kids-camp/
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