Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Coming to Muskogee - Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
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Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Coming to Muskogee

May 4, 2013

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is coming to Muskogee to play two exhibition games on May 4 at Love-Hatbox Field. The event is free and open to the public.

Opening ceremonies begin at 1 pm with the Muskogee High School Air Force Jr. ROTC posting the colors followed by the National Anthem sung by Alisha Tanksley from the Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce.  Veteran Bob Cruce, and past Grand Marshal of the Muskogee Veterans Parade, will throw out the first pitch for the game against employees from the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center and the VA Regional Office. The second game will be against members of the Muskogee Fire and Police Departments. State Representative Jerry McPeak will announce both games.

After the first game, Mayor Bob Coburn will present a key to the city to the WWAST coach, as well as Okie from Muskogee certificates to each player. AMBUCS, Inc. will also donate therapeutic tricycles (AmTrykes) to five veterans. (AMBUCS is a non-profit service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities.)

Due to the team coming in later than expected, Friday night’s activities in Honor Heights Park has been cancelled, but there will be plenty of opportunities for autographs at the ballpark on Saturday and that night at Buffalo Wild Wings. Commemorative t-shirts will also be for sale at the games. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and additional parking will be marked with signs due to the large turnout expected.

Special thanks to the many sponsors who have helped make this event possible. They include the Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce, the State of Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Advanced Workzone Services, Balfour Beatty Construction, Muskogee Parks and Recreation, Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, Service League of Muskogee, VA Employee Association, and Vietnam Veterans of American Ch. 291. Other donors include American Legion Auxiliary, Grissoms, LLC, M. Ross, Inc., Bedouin Shrine Temple, Committee to Elect Jerry McPeak, Frontier International Trucks, Golden Corral, Harmony House, Health Care Solutions, IHOP, Jim and Melinda Murphy, Senator Earl Garrison, and the Muskogee Trolley.

For more information, contact Nita McClellan at 918-577-3704/7960 or email benita.mcclellan@va.gov. To learn more about WWAST, visit their website at http://www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/.

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