One of the hundreds of softball teams in town for the McQuade’s Softball Tournament this weekend is the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.
The 30-man non-profit team is made up of veteran and active duty soldiers who have lost a limb.
“Our goal is to raise money to make awareness for amputees,” said team member Chris Hutton.
Team members come from all over the country. For men like Cody Rice, they initially saw the team in action, and they felt inspired to join.
“That was one of my big goals after being injured, was playing softball again,” Rice said. “And I contacted the team and I played a game with them. And basically ever since then, I’ve been playing almost every trip.”
The organization travels all over the U.S. doing at least 30 events a year. And one their most rewarding events is a camp for kids with amputations or missing limbs.
“We train with them for a week, to teach them that no matter what happens to you in life, you can overcome adversity just by doing what you love and what you enjoy and to never give up,” Hutton said.
And each man’s hope is that whenever they take the field, they can be an inspiration to others.
“No matter what happens to you, you have your life, you have your future to look forward to,” Hutton said. “And I still enjoy my life even though I’m an amputee. There is nothing that’s stopped me.”
The next event for the team is an exhibition game in Minnesota on July 7.