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Wounded Warriors Come To Northwoods To Aid Kids


A traveling team of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will be playing three games this weekend in Lake Tomahawk and Minocqua.

The team is composed of wounded veterans from the War On Terror, Iraq and Afghanistan whose mission is to raise awareness about service members who are overcoming the loss of limbs and to raise money.

The team will be taking on the local "Snowhawks"  in snowshoe baseball Friday night in Lake Tomahawk, then will play a double-header regular softball game Saturday at the Highway 70 complex in Minocqua.

Jeff Smith is a local organizer.. He says the Wounded Warriors raise money at events to help others...

"....I know they have kids in camps that they teach how to run on prosthetic legs. It involves a lot of other things too. Tying their shoes and doing a lot of things for the first time. They fly those kids in to Orlando and other areas. It's really a neat thing..."

Smith says all donations go toward the Warriors and he says the response before the game has been exceptional...

".....everything is going toward(Wounded Warriors), and a raffle we have going on also. We're looking at donations upwards of $50,000 right now. Our community  has been just wonderful helping us out with this...."

Smith says because of a large anticipated crowd in Lake Tomahawk Friday night they are parking cars at the nearby Dolhun airfield with shuttle buses to the softball park.

The game begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. with the Saturday doubleheader in Minocqua beginning at noon.

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