Harris' Heroes: Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team teaches kids who are missing limbs
WASHINGTON (ABC7) —
Eight-year-old Baron Keller is getting a lesson in softball at a special camp where everyone shares a common bond.
Baron was born missing his right arm, shoulder and collar bone. His coach for the week is military veteran Greg Reynolds, who knows first-hand the challenges Baron faces. That's because he lost his arm, shoulder and collar bone on the left side, after returning from Iraq.
Reynolds and the other coaches are members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. And the one-week camp brings together youngsters who were born missing limbs or lost them due to accidents or disease.
But it's more than just softball the wounded warrior amputees are teaching the youth.
"It's teaching me that I can do anything that I want to," says nine-year-old Emma McGraw.
Ten-year-old Ahna Field is learning to "never give up and keep on trying to do whatever you love."
By the end of camp, the wounded warriors hope the children take home this message.
"They may be different but they do the same things that most people do with all their limbs," says Reynolds, who's an original team member. "They just do it in a different way."
Adds Josh Wege, a double leg amputee and original team member, "We just want them to come out here and have fun and just prove to themselves, the their parents, to everybody, what they can do.
And what they can do is a lot more than they thought they could at the start of camp.
By the end of camp, hopes the children take home an important message.
"You just have to be inspired to always move forward, and that is what this camp does," says Camp Director Jolanda Janczewski.
This marked the fourth year of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team's Kids Camp. The softball team travels across the country playing able-bodied teams in its mission to educate and show others that life without a limb is limitless. The team has racked up more wins than losses.