Notre Dame will host a tremendous event on Sunday, September 29th at Melissa Cook Stadium when it welcomes the Wounded Warrior softball team to campus for a pair of games against the Irish softball team and a celebrity team comprised of the likes of Irish men's basketball coach Mike Brey and ND baseball coach Mik Aoki.
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is comprised of 12 veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs in post-9/11 military conflicts, and it includes individuals with a variety of amputations of the arm, above knee, below knee, bilateral below knee, and foot. Some are still in the service, while others are attending college or have moved on to new careers.
"This event will be a great way to showcase Notre Dame Athletics and reaffirm the University’s commitment to 'God, Country, Notre Dame,'" says Irish softball coach Deanna Gumpf.
The Wounded Warriors will face the Irish softball team at Noon on September 29th, then battle a team of Notre Dame celebrities at 1:30pm.
The celebrity team will include Irish men's basketball coach Mike Brey, baseball coach Mik Aoki, former women’s swimmer and current Notre Dame Monogram Club president Haley Scott DeMaria (’95), former women’s basketball player Danielle Green (’99) and NewsCenter 16's own Angelo Di Carlo, among others.
Irish hockey coach Jeff Jackson will serve as the manager for the celebrity team.
Admission is $5 per person at the stadium gate on game day. Fans are also encouraged to bring a glove to donate to Gloves 4 Troops, an organization that sends baseball and softball gloves overseas to provide United States combat forces with recreational activities while serving abroad.