OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — OOB365 is proud to bring the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to Maine, 1 p.m. Saturday, August 9, at the Old Orchard Beach Ballpark, E Emerson Cummings Blvd. This team is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country in the military. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations of the arm, above knee, below knee, bilateral below knee and foot. Some are still in the service, others are attending college thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill while others have moved on to new careers.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team 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, showing how a positive attitude, commitment, dedication and perseverance allow them to overcome any obstacles. The team is comprised of veterans and active-duty servicemen who have served our country in Iraq and in Afghanistan. They now travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games.
“The courage shown by our servicemen and women of all wars can never be taken for granted. These heroes are showing that regardless of their circumstances anything is possible and with their positive energy is infectious. OOB365 has partnered with great groups to make this happen including the Rotary Clubs of Saco Bay and Biddeford, Amvets Post of Biddeford, The Patriot Riders and Wounded Heroes Program of Maine as well as the WOLF radio station. Softball is a team sport and we have an amazing team working to bring this to Old Orchard Beach.” said State Representative Sharri MacDonald who is also the president of OOB365.
The effort to bring this team to Maine was spearheaded by Mike Edgecomb, a veteran and government liason for Time Warner Cable. Mike has made this happen for Old Orchard Beach and sees the value in the outreach that these men and women perform through this fun event. The heroes will be arriving on Thursday, August 7, and Friday, August 8. On August 8, they will be visiting the VA in Togus and will have a “pick me up” style game there. The main event is on Saturday, August 9, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Ballpark in Old Orchard Beach, E Emerson Cummings Blvd. This is a fun family event that has free admission, but any donation you can give at the gate would go to the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine. After the game, the Rotary Clubs will be putting on a lobster bake for the teams that is open to the public and you can have a twin lobster dinner and eat with the Wounded Heroes Softball team. The cost for this dinner to the public is $25.
For more information or to get involved in this event, contact Sharri MacDonald at 590-4201.