LIMITLESS LIVES: Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team players visit Destin prior to games

Wounded warriors

Two players, Joshua Wege and Matias Ferreira, and the coach for Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team visited Destin Oct. 22. The team will play a double header at Morgan Sports Center on Nov. 3. “We’re just a big happy family,” said Ferreira. “I think we need each other more than we think we do … we are an inspiration to each other to make each other better.”

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM.

 

Matias Ferreira tried out for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team about a year after he lost both his legs below the knee in Afghanistan.

Ferreira said that when he was doing therapy one day, he saw Joshua Wege, another player on WWAST, and Wege told him about the team. Ferreira said his first thoughts were “What are you going to be doing, playing softball in a wheelchair? How does this work?”

The players describe themselves as an all-male, slow pitch softball team of young veterans and active duty soldiers who have suffered an injury resulting in amputation while serving in the military/war and protecting our country.

WWAST will play a double header at Morgan Sports Center at 4200 Indian Bayou Trail in Destin on Nov. 3. At 2 p.m. the game will feature a match-up against military service members from Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and the 7thSpecial Forces followed by a 5 p.m. game against players from the host sponsor, InDyne. Both games are free and open to the public.

Ferreira was injured while on security patrol as a machine gunner in Afghanistan on Jan. 21, 2011. Ferreira said that he had to climb a 6-foot and an 11-foot platform to get to the roof of the building they were setting up equipment. He said that when he jumped down onto one of the platforms there was a 30-pound improvised explosive device hidden under the roof, which resulted in him losing both of his legs below the knee.

On the long road to recovery, Ferreira was tested at every turn.



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