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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Orlando, FL - May 27, 2013

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Hosts Special Camp for Children With Amputations or Missing Limbs at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World®

From June 10th to June 15th, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in  Orlando will ring with the sound of children having fun.  For the first time ever, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will host their first ever softball Kids Camp in the middle of the magic at Walt Disney World®.! 

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness, educate and inspire the public about the strength and resiliency of our wounded warriors, and their ability to overcome any obstacle.  WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs while serving their country in the war against terrorism.  Since its creation in March, 2011, the WWAST has traveled the country, playing able-bodied softball teams in celebrity and exhibition charity games to raise awareness for wounded military veterans, modern prosthetics, and to prove that life without a limb is limitless.

Thus was born the idea of doing a camp or clinic for children with amputations or missing limbs, where WWAST players would serve as coaches and mentors.  It was a natural fit for the WWAST mission of educating and inspiring the public -- what better group to inspire than these kids who face many of the same challenges as the players.  For this inaugural Kids Softball Camp,  WWAST and its sponsors will bring twenty children (between 8-12 years old) to Orlando with all expenses paid for each child and one parent.  Because of the venue, each child will also be treated to Disney park hopper passes.  Other family members are welcome to accompany the group at their own expense, so many families have decided to make it a full family affair.

The Camp will run from June 10 - 15, with clinics taking place Tuesday through Friday mornings from 8:30 am till around Noon at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  WWAST players and coaches will run drills on all aspects of softball, including team play and sportsmanship.  Importantly, they'll visibly demonstrate to the kids that "life without limb is limitless". On Friday night, the kids will play a game in Champion® Stadium at the Sports Complex, followed by a WWAST vs. Local Celebrity Team game. 
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation  is proud to be a sponsor of this inspiring group of wounded or injured warriors.  You can find more information about WWAST at their website www.thewwast.org and on their Facebook page at Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. 

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation provides pioneering programs to meet today’s challenges faced by combat-wounded veterans and their families.  Among its  activities, the organization provides online job training through its Veterans Vocational Technical Institute to disabled and combat-wounded veterans; Raises funds for service, welfare, and rehabilitation work in connection with the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. (a congressionally chartered veterans organization), those who are eligible for membership therein, or any wounded, disabled and/or handicapped veteran, his widow, orphan or survivors; To support liaison services in offices of the US Dept of Veterans Affairs, soldier's homes or other administration of veteran's affairs wherever and whenever deemed necessary; and Support legislative services to advise and confer with the executive offices or bureaus and departments of the US Government and Congressional committees or their members on any matters of interest and importance to disabled ex servicemen and women. Visit www.MOPHSF.org to learn more.

For additional information contact:
Tom Plant, WWAST Media POC, 256 698-1356 or tom@thewwast.org
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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