BOWIE, MD - The Wounded Warrior Amputee softball team defeated the NFL Stars team 21-5 Saturday in the first annual NFL Players Celebrity Softball game. More importantly, each side successfully helped promote amputee awareness through the event’s sponsor Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics.
Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics is the exclusive provider of lower limb prosthetics at Walter Reed Medical Center to wounded soldiers coming back from Afghanistan and the Middle East. Known for the fit and function they provide to their patients – they make it possible for athletes like those on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to compete.
“I had a lot of fun,” said Washington Redskins’ cornerback E.J. Biggers. “Came out here and gave the community something — had a great game with the Wounded Warriors championship team. And they showed us why they’re champs today.”
The Wounded Warrior Amputee team did a lot of damage offensively. One player who stood out was U.S. Army’s Nicholas Scarborough, who seemingly hit home runs every time he stepped to the plate. The NFL Players started to form a comeback attempt in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it just wasn’t enough.
“We came out here to compete,” E.J. Biggers said. “We knew we weren’t going to win. But we came out here to compete and have fun — that was the big thing — have fun. And that’s what we all did.”
On the player’s team, Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith accounted for two of the player’s five points — one of which being a home run. Redskins’ Joshua Morgan and New York Jets’ Bret Lockett each had home runs as well.
“It was fun,” said Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith. “It’s always nice to have home runs in charity games. We had a great time — out here raising money for an amazing cause — wounded warriors and the soldiers that protect us. So, anytime you have an opportunity to support them, you do it without hesitation because they have given the ultimate sacrifice to us.”
Torrey Smith also rocked a new haircut at the event. “Chopped it off, man — just a change, you know,” Smith said. “It’s not really new — not like I’ve never had a haircut, but just a little change.”
The full NFL Players roster included: Desean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles), Torrey Smith (Ravens), Bret Lockett (New York Jets), Robert Bailey (Cowboys, Ravens), Terrence Austin (Detroit Lions), Marvin Austin (New York Giants), Tavon Wilson (New England Patriots), Arrilious Benn (Eagles), EJ Biggers (Redskins), and Josh Morgan (Redskins).
It was indeed a successful and fun event for a very, very good cause. “This event was an absolute blast, said Kat who commented on our pre-game piece and attended the game. “The NFL players really came through and seemed to enjoy themselves. The fans showed so much love and appreciation to all the service members, veterans, and families on military members. I hope they carry on this event in the years to come. As a veteran, I took my family and it was incredible.”
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