Wounded Warrior softball team to play in NH to benefit Veterans Count

The National Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will travel to the state this summer to play two games that will benefit Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire.

The first game will be at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Holman Stadium in Nashua, home of the Silver Knights, against the NH Nemesis, a Nashua-based 60-plus softball travel team.

The team will play again at noon Saturday, July 25, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The rival team will be made up of local and “imported” talent and celebrities, including former Manchester Police Chief David Mara, Rock 101’s Adam Furious and WMUR on-air personalities.

The collaboration between the team and Veterans Count will benefit local veterans and the team. The team is composed of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active-duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11 while serving their country in the military.

The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations. They travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration.

Since 2007, more than $2 million in donations to Veterans Count has provided more than 8,000 individuals with services, including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, transportation and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury.

Additionally, Veterans Count provides financial assistance for food, home maintenance, utilities, housing, rent, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline and medical bills.

“The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans, and we could not be more proud to partner with them in this effort,” said Easter Seals New Hampshire President and CEO Larry Gammon.

“These young athletes have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military or war, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude,” he said.

Admission for each game is $10. Tickets for the July 24 contest are available at nashua
silverknights.com, by visiting the box office or calling 718-8883.

Tickets for July 25 are available at nhfishercats.com, by visiting the box office or calling 641-2005.

Corporate sponsors are the city of Nashua, the Nashua Silver Knights, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics. Additional sponsorships are available at a variety of levels.

For more information, contact Norm Harrison at 321-0461 or norm.harrison@
yahoo.com. For more information about the Wounded Warrior softball team, visit wounded

WWAST is a charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness, educate, and inspire the public about the strength and resiliency of our wounded warriors. Carrying the motto “Life without a limb is limitless,” the Team is comprised of veterans and active-duty servicemen who have lost limbs while serving our country in the global war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. These soldiers and athletes now travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity, and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage, and inspiration.