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In 2011, the island opened its hearts and wallets to a group of men who are part of what is known as Wounded Warriors. This group of veterans, who have mostly fought in the Persian Gulf conflicts, came to Marco and conquered our hearts and minds as we watched them show about 500 spectators that they still had “The Right Stuff.”
Victims of IED’s (improvised explosive devices) and other war injuries took to the field with prosthetic legs, arms and combinations of devastating injuries, but demonstrated their courage and dedication to not letting those physical challenges hold them back.
Alex Galiana, with the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, has been working with the team the last two years to book a return of the Wounded Warriors Softball team.
They will be returning to Marco at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, to take on a group of All-Stars Galiana was assembling.
“We look forward to the island coming out again to help support the Wounded Warriors and their efforts as they travel here for our event on the island,” said Galiana.
The event will take place at the Winterberry Softball field and will be open to the public.
In addition to the game on Saturday, there will be a special meet and greet fundraiser for the team on Friday evening, Feb. 7.
This event will be hosted by Island Country Club on Nassau Court on Marco and will run from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m.
The cost for the event will be $75 per person.
Proceeds will be given to the team to help with their expenses as they travel around the United States.
The Island Club will be catering the event with appetizers. There will also be a cash bar.
Tickets for the Friday evening event are available at Mackle Park or by calling Steve Stefanides at 250-8348, Leo Sutera at 394-1122, Dusty Rhodes at 571-1019, at Jim Lane 954-868-7367, Val Simon at 777-5942, at Mike Seigfried 821-0825, Ed Adams at 937-371-4926 or Monte Lazarus 537-9551.
The team provides an inspirational message to show young and old alike that many of the obstacles in life can be overcome with hard work and dedication.
Hot dogs and hamburgers will be offered at the ball field and Joey’s Pizza will be catering a light lunch for a meet and greet at the ball field for a nominal cost.