The USA Patriots Amputee Softball team will face an all-star squad of Air Force personnel and first responders in an exhibition game as part of Wright State University’s Festival of Flight.
The game between the Patriots and a team comprised of military and civilians from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Dayton-area firefighters will be held Saturday, 5 October at Wright State’s Nischwitz Stadium. It will be followed by a game between the Patriots and the Dayton Legends Softball Club all-stars.
A ceremony at the games will recognize and honor female military veterans.
“We are inviting and hope to honor as many women veterans as possible in what will be both a fun and respectful ceremony and a highlight of the day’s activities,” said organizer Scott Kuhnen, a retiree from Wright-Patterson.
The ceremony will take honorees out of the dugout, onto the field and around the bases. At each base, the honorees will receive a token of appreciation from a local veterans-related organization.
The groups includes the Fisher Houses at Wright-Patterson and the Dayton VA Medical Center; Honor Fight-Dayton; Combat Outpost Robinson; and the operators of the veterans homeless shelter at the Dayton VA, Volunteers of America.
Festival of Flight is an all-day celebration of the Miami Valley's rich aviation heritage. Sponsored by Wright State and the City of Fairborn, the National Museum of the United States Air Force and several community groups, it features a day of education, entertainment and sports centered around the Wright brothers and the history of flight.
In addition to the USA Patriots games, there will be a vintage baseball game between Dayton’s Eastwood Iron Horses versus the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings representing the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Vintage baseball is played with old-style baseballs, bats, uniforms and rules. The vintage players will also offer a children’s camp for those interested in learning how the national pastime was once played.
The games were organized by the all-volunteer Dayton Warriors Softball Fund, a group of local players, first responders and members of veterans service organizations that collects donations for veterans causes.
With support from The Dayton Foundation, the group has been able to raise more than $50,000 since 2016.
“We are looking for local companies, civic organizations, and veteran organizations who are interested in supporting local veteran causes, “ said Kuhnen. “Our donation levels range from $10,000 to be a Title Sponsor to much smaller amounts.
To learn more, visit: https://www.facebook.com/WoundedWarriorSoftballinDayton/
To have a representative speak to potential donors or learn how to get involved, email Scott Kuhnen at: firstname.lastname@example.org