For the past three years the Red, White & Blue Warriors, a Mission Valley based organization, has hosted the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. This year the WWAST played their first game against Orange Counties First Responders, where the OC team won 30-22, and then an All Star game against former professional athletes, where the WWAST claimed a victory 35-26. Each year the game seems to be more competitive and the crowds get bigger. There were nearly 1000 attendees this year enjoying a great day of sunshine, softball, food and fun.
Victor and Eileen Gonzalez, along with the help of Jeanne Trumanjan created the Red, White & Blue Warriors in 2011. Their mission is to support and provide for the medical, financial & personal needs of Veterans of the Armed Forces in our community To create awareness in our community of the hardships suffered by our Wounded Warriors as they return home to promote research and development in the area of Medical Sciences and Prosthesis for our Wounded Warriors so that they may receive the very best aides available to foster and promote community relationship to support this cause.
In 2013 $50,000 was raised at the WWAST game in Mission Valley, almost double from the previous year. In 2014, a banner year for the event, just over $60,000 was raised to benefit the WWAST's summer kids camp. The camp was held in Louisville, Kentucky for children aged 8-12 who are amputees or missing a limb.
Included in the game are children from the Challenged Athlete Foundation, an organization that was established in 1997, to recognize the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life.
One of the most heartwarming parts of this event are watching some of the younger amputee children interacting with the Wounded Warrior team discussing prosthetic's, life and future goals.
Mission Viejo is preparing to hold the 2015 event. Make sure to like the Red, White & Blue Warriors on Facebook and don't miss the next event.