On Thursday, USSSA returned with their Military World Tournament, and a special group of guys getting everything started, as the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team took the field Thursday night in an exhibition game.
The WWAST is made up of veterans injured in the line of duty, and are making their third straight trip to Panama City Beach to play in this weekend's tournament. Josh Wege has been with the team since it's inception, and says his hop is that one day, the team is a household name.
"We're spreading a message of hope, and that's what some people need in their lives," said Wege on Thursday. "We strap on a prosthetic every day, and some people don't have to go to that extreme, but everybody's got their ailments to deal with, and just us coming out here and stepping between the white lines shows people you can bounce back from anything."
Head coach David Van Sleet agrees.
"There's over a 100 teams from around the country that come here, and our team being all military and amputees, there's a strong bond," he said. "I think they love seeing us here, they support us, and vice versa."
The Wounded Warriors start tournament play on Friday morning at 10:30/CT.