The biggest game of the McQuade’s Softball tournament is one that does not count towards winning a trophy. The opening exhibition that Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball team takes part in, lets everyone know, McQuade’s is officially upon us.
“This is the premier event of they year,” Assistant WWAST Coach Randall Raper said. “No doubt about it.”
Every year the Wound Warriors Amputee Softball Team participates in about 20 events. The team says the Bismarck community always embraces them.
“This morning at breakfast,” Raper said. “People leaving and stopping by [our table saying] ‘Hey, we wish we were going to be here so we could go watch y’all play tonight.”
The team appreciates kind words and deeds, but for them, being apart of this team is about disapproving an idea about people with disabilities.
“They’re not looking for accolades or anything,” Raper said. “They just want to come out and prove that just because you don’t have a limb or something doesn’t mean you can’t do the things you use to.”
Through their play, the team also seeks to inspire youth who may feel down or different because they are an amputee.
“It’s gets in their head, ‘Well heck, I not just going to sit on the couch and hide my disability, I’m going to get up and show what I can do.’ That’s proven year after year at our kids camp,” Raper said.
As the team redefines stereotypes and inspires kids, they continue to impress everyone at the McQuades Softball Tournament.
“The Warriors are glad to be apart of it,” Raper said. “We’ll always come back for this one.”
For the Warriors, this is the fifth year they have been apart of McQuades.