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Wounded Warrier Amputee Softball Designated as Official MSBL Charity

Long Island, NY (Press Release September 1, 2014) Men’s Senior Baseball League/Men’s Adult Baseball League (MSBL/MABL), the country’s premier amateur baseball league for adults 18 years of age and older, has partnered with The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, Inc.TM ("WWAST”).

They are a softball team like you’ve never seen. Nearly thirty veterans and active-duty soldiers have come together to play for the WWAST barnstorming around the country playing able body teams.As their name suggests, everyone on the team was injured while serving their country. Their mission is to educate and inspire the public through their play and demonstrate that "Life without a Limb is Limitless.” This remarkable team has been featured on HBO, ESPN, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, and Sports Illustrated, just to name a few.

About MSBL/MABL

The Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL)/Men’s Adult Baseball League (MABL) is the premier amateur baseball league for adults 18 years of age and older. It began with four teams on Long Island, N.Y., in 1986 and has grown into the largest adult baseball organization in the country with over 325 local affiliates, 3,700 teams, and 45,000 members. For more information about MSBL, visit their website at http://www.msblnational.com/.

The MSBL sponsors six national tournaments each year including its marquis events – theMSBL World Series in Tempe, Ariz., and the Fall Classic now held in Clearwater, Fla. The MSBL’s World Series, which is held each October, began in 1988 with 38 teams. For the past 26years, it has drawn more than 325 teams and nearly 6,000 players per year, ages 18 and up. MSBL allows players to choose to play in any of several age divisions, including 18, 25, 35, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, and 75-plus. The MSBL’s World Series is held on major league spring training fields throughout Ariz., such as Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa and beyond with the epicenter at Tempe Diablo Stadium – the spring training home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The MSBL’s Fall Classic tournament began in 1991 and averages about 120 participating teams per year. Held for years on the spring training diamonds in and around Clearwater, Fla., the tournament is now based in Clearwater, Dunedin andSarasota on Florida’s West Coast -- the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, and Baltimore Orioles respectively.

THE WWAST MISSION

The WWAST is a 501(c)(3) public charity 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 the Global War on Terrorism, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. They now travel the country playing able-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration.

THE TEAM

The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs, while serving their country in the military/war. 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.

WWAST VISION

WWAST athletes are examples of amputees who continue to push the limits of modern prosthetic technology with more and more applications. Of course, their dream would be the return of our soldiers from harm’s way without the resulting loss of life and limb. Until such a time, the vision is to support and honor our soldiers and veterans sacrifices, and to show other amputees and everyone who sees or hears about them that life without a limb is limitless.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, visit their website at www.thewwast.org

Editors note: The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is scheduled to play games at Tempe Diablo Stadium as part of the 2015 MSBL World Series in Arizona against MSBL players who have served or have served their country in the military.  More details to follow shortly.

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