The Wounded Warriors Come to Minocqua

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Life without a limb is limitless. That's the motto of America's new veteran softball team, the Wounded Warriors. Today the new team played a doubleheader with the Tomahawk Snowhawks.

David Van Sleet, the Wounded Warrior's general manager, came up with the idea to form a team three years ago.

"I'm an army veteran," said Sleet, "I went to college, been in prosthetics my whole life and always coached, managed and played softball. So I sort of just put the passions in my life together, and came up with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team."

Both teams are comprised of veterans and active-duty servicemen who lost limbs serving our country. Sleet recruited his team while working for the department of veteran affairs.

"They had to have a reference, and they had to be a former high school or college baseball player," said Sleet.

The Wounded Warriors travel all over the country to play softball, while the Snowhawks only play in Lake Tomahawk.

Sheila Punches has been volunteering for the Snowhawks since the 70s. "My husband played winter league," said Punches, "Then they started playing summer time baseball on snowshoes in like 1960. So our son plays now."

Punches also sells cookbooks, pies and helps with collecting donations. She says all the money earned is given to the Snowhawks.

"It's fun, the people are great. We have our fans that come every week, and it does a lot of good for the community," said Punches.

Unfortunately, if you missed today's game it's too late to see the Wounded Warriors play in our area. But if you'd like to catch the Snowhawks, they play every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Snowshoe Park. Volunteers say they usually see close to 1,200 people on a Monday night.


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