WWAST to play former professional athletes

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GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - A team of national heroes takes to the field at Fox Cities Stadium on Sunday for a charity softball game. While the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is out to win, it also knows the bigger role the team plays.

Softball player with prosthetic legs

Campbellsport native and war hero Josh Wege, who lost both of his legs in Afghanistan back in 2009, is one of almost 40 members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball team. The team and its experience gives these men and woman, injured in combat, a chance to be athletes again.

"Military medicine saved our life out there in the field, it brought us back, and it also allowed us to be on the field of competition again with each other," says Wege.

The competition is what the team thrives on, and Wege says he and his teammates will go full speed on sunday when they play not one but two games against able-bodied teams, including several former Packers and retired Major League ball players.

According to Wege, "We step between the chalk lines and that's game on. We don't talk to the other team, it's win time."

It's that mentality that not only has former NFL player Clint Kriewaldt, now an Outagamie County Sheriff's deputy, impressed by the Wounded Warriors but also a little nervous to play against them on Sunday.

"I haven't swung a bat in three plus years," Kriewaldt says, "so it's going to be interesting, but it's just going to be a great experience just to interact with those men and women who really paid a huge sacrifice for us, so just to honor them and be a part of it is pretty outstanding."

Comprised of men and women from across the country, the Wounded Warrior team travels all over, playing games hoping to motivate and inspire others.

Game like the ones on Sunday also help to fund the team's kid camp. Held every summer, the Wounded Warriors hang up their gloves and bats and spend time mentoring kids who've lost limbs.

"I think we teach them how to adapt and overcome whatever circumstance they're given and I would like to think they're stronger for it and we get to help with that part of their lives," adds Wege.

It's just another way for the patriots to serve, only this time it's beyond the uniform.

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