FORT MYERS, Fla. – This weekend (Feb. 6-9) the FGCU Athletics Department will be hosting the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team who will be making a series of appearances in the area headlined by an exhibition game against the FGCU Celebrity Team at Swanson Stadium on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans. These young extremely athletic men have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military/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.
"It is a pleasure for the national Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to return to Florida Gulf Coast University and interact with the campus and community” CEO and General Manager of the WWAST David Van Sleet stated. “We are honored and proud to be associated with an outstanding academic University that supports our Active Duty military and Veteran population. The Eagles continue to show the entire WWAST organization a sense of hospitality and generosity that makes them feel part of the FGCU Dunk City Family. This will be a memorable day for all involved."
The WWAST mission is to raise awareness, through exhibition and celebrity softball games, of the sacrifices and resilience of our military and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. Their goal is to show other amputees and the general population, that these athletes through extensive rehabilitation and training are able to express their desires and perform the sport they loved.
The team will meet FGCU student athletes on Friday evening before heading to Marco Island on Saturday for a game with the Marco Island All Stars. From there team will return to FGCU for the game opposite the FGCU Celebrity Team which will feature local media members, coaches and administrators from the FGCU Athletics Department as well as former men’s basketball player Eddie Murray. Admission is free and donations are welcome.
Following the game, the WWAST will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the FGCU softball game at 4:45 p.m. before being welcomed as special guests to the men’s basketball game vs. North Florida in Alico Arena at 7 p.m.