Local celebrities play Wounded Warriors in charity softball game

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

Some South Bend celebrities got out their cleats Sunday afternoon to battle against the men that were wounded in the line of duty.

A team of 12 veterans and active duty soldiers who lost limbs in post-9/11 military conflicts joined local celebrities like Mike Brey, Paqui Kelly and even NewsCenter16’s Angelo Di Carlo in a game of slow-pitch softball.

The celebrities played in front of a packed house and partnered with Notre Dame’s softball team who took on the Warriors earlier in the day. And it was all for a good cause.

The Wounded Warriors beat the Irish softball team 24-15 and defeated the Irish celebrities 22-9.

Many of the Warriors have created new careers, are still in the service or in college. But Sunday, their focus was strictly on the game.

“We're players, we come to play we don't come to lollygag,” said Warrior Ryan McIntosh.

And the celebrities were grateful for the opportunity as well.

“I think it's so great our softball program has involved these guys,” said Irish men's basketball coach Mike Brey. “We have a great crowd people really paying tribute and thanking these gentlemen for all they've done for our country. These guys can really play softball, they're like pros.”

Joining Brey, Paqui and Angelo on the celebrity team were baseball coach Mik Aoki (who hit a 3-run homer), former Irish basketball great LaPhonso Ellis, former women's hoops player Danielle Green (who lost her arm while serving in the United States Army), Notre Dame softball coach Deanna Gumpf, Monogram President and former Irish swimmer Haley Scott DeMaria.

Women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw and hockey coach Jeff Jackson served as coaches for the Irish celebrities.

Former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan, a veteran himself, served as the honorary coach for the Wounded Warriors.

This was the group’s first trip to Notre Dame.

They were also recognized Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium during the first quarter of Saturday's matchup between the Irish and the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Wounded Warriors are next headed to Las Vegas.

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