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W&L will count on defensive veterans

W&L will count on defensive veterans

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Washington & Lee’s new varsity football coach, To...

Outmanned Drifters have playoffs in sight

Outmanned Drifters have playoffs in sight

Most of team will be forced to play offense, defense

With their backs against the wall the Drifters...

KG football reloads, eyes another big year

KG football reloads, eyes another big year

King George High School has returned for another season of action-packed varsity football.

With the ...

The rise of Shiloh Park: a recreational sports Mecca

The rise of Shiloh Park: a recreational sports Mecca

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Eagles new head coach pleased with team’s progress

Eagles new head coach pleased with team’s progress

Todd Jones, the legendary new coach of the Washington & Lee Eagles, has just been on the job for...

Famed Virginia Major League Baseball catcher Foiles signs books at Colonial Beach

Famed Virginia Major League Baseball catcher Foiles signs books at Colonial Beach

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Wounded Warrior heroes coming to Barnesfield

Their motto “Life without a limb is limitless” is a lasting legacy of military veterans turned softball athletes. The price these veterans of post 9/11, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars paid for service is worn with a badge of courage.
On April 26, the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will compete at Barnesfield against area teams from the King George surrounding community. A portion of the entry fees will benefit the WWAST program.

For these valued athletes of the softball diamond, winning is defined by something more than just a score. Although the entire team is comprised of amputees, they actively compete against able-bodied teams throughout the country.

While the challenge of overcoming amputations from the arm, above and below the knee and foot has been an adjustment, the thrill of driving home the winning run or running down a base hit has given these veterans a renewed sense of pride.

After realizing the importance of reintroducing amputee veterans back into the competitive sports arena, Southwest Health Care Network prosthetics manager David Van Sleet began the task of recruiting a team of players. “Even though these guys suffered a serious setback, they’re able to overcome it, persevere and move forward,” Sleet said.

The primary goal of WWAST is to raise awareness through celebrity and exhibition softball games. The featured events will remind the public of the sacrifices and resilience of our military, while showcasing their ability to rise above the challenge.

King George mens Softball League news
World Softball League (WSL) fever has arrived in King George. On Saturday, March 29, at Barnesfield Park, men’s softball teams from King George and the surrounding area will give the public a demonstration of their brand of a spring softball showdown.

The next tournament will feature the famed Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team. Other softball dates include: July 19, Aug. 23, and Oct. 11.  All games are scheduled to be held at Barnesfield.

There are currently five teams signed up for the men’s league, and three coed teams with the potential for a fourth coed league. The men’s and coed league will compete for a period of 14 weeks, totaling 28 games.  
Softball enthusiasts interested in forming a league or becoming a WSL team, contact Keith Douglas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Doug Cantrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Douglas can also be reached at (804) 564-1467.

In addition, all games are free to the public, and can be viewed and tracked at http://www.leaguelineup.com/scheduels.asp?url=kgsoftballleague&sid=581327920.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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