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May 3, 2011

Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation Proudly Supports Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Exhibition Games

Wounded Warriors Unite on the Diamond!

WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (MOPHSF), is proud to host the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) welcome dinner, Thursday, May 5th, 2011. The following day, MOPHSF Board President, James Blaylock will throw the first pitch in the game of the WWAST vs. the FBI All Stars.

“The team players are an inspiration to all veterans and we salute each and every one!”

"We are honored to be able to support and participate in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team events," stated James Blaylock. "The team players are an inspiration to all veterans and we salute each and every one!"

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation will sponsor the WWAST's welcome dinner, for $1500 at Brion's Grille in, Fairfax, VA. James Blaylock, decorated wounded warrior, and amputee, was asked to throw the first pitch of the WWAST game against the FBI All Stars.

Team visionary and General Manager, David Van Sleet, established WWAST to raise awareness of the sacrifices and resilience of U.S. soldiers and highlight their ability to rise above any challenge. The team is comprised of veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs during post-9/11 military service. Van Sleet combined his life-long love of softball with his expertise in prosthetics to establish this unique way to honor the commitment of our military.

WWAST will be in the Washington, DC area from May 6-8 to play three games. The first game, sponsored by George Mason Athletics and the Diamond Dream Foundation, against FBI agents will be held at the George Mason University Softball Stadium on Friday, May 6th at 7:00 pm. The second game against the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Clinical Personnel will be held Saturday, May 7th at 1:00 pm, at WRAMC Forest Glen Annex in Silver Spring, Md. The third game will be against the U.S. Naval Academy Varsity Sailing Team and take place on Sunday, May 8th at 12:00 pm at the Naval Support Activity Annapolis Softball Field in Annapolis, Md.

About the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation in a non-profit organization, headquartered in Annandale, VA and provides programs and services to veterans and their families. In addition, the MOPHSF provides funding to service MOPH Chapters throughout the United States. The MOPH represents veterans’ interests before the Congress, the Veterans Administration, the Department of Defense and elsewhere. The National Service Officers provide assistance and representation for all veterans, their dependents and survivors, in obtaining their rightful entitlements and benefits. All service is FREE.

About Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST)

Team members range in age from 20 to 39. Two players are arm amputees, three above-knee amputees, six below-knee amputees, one bilateral below-knee amputee, and one symes (foot) amputee. The team’s spring training camp and debut game was held in March at the University of Arizona. The camp was made possible through a Congressional Grant obtained by the U of A, which covered the players’ airfares, hotel and meals. Louisville Slugger is the official equipment sponsor, providing all of the composite softball bats, softball gloves, batting gloves, and player bat and travel bags. Local veterans and local and national service organizations will provide housing for the team members and escort them through the Washington area during their stay.

Contacts

MOPHSF
Tempie Thompson, 703-635-3531
tthompson@mophsf.org
www.mophsf.org
or
WWAST
David Van Sleet, 802-777-7232
WWAST Team Manager
woundedwarrioramputeesoftball@gmail.com



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