Wounded Warriors Umpire Academy and Umpire Gear Suppliers Partner to Take Injured Service Members from the Battlefield to the BallfieldJul 9th, 2017
Life after military service can come with difficulties, especially for those soldiers recovering from physical injuries or emotional trauma. Finding ways to contribute to society can be challenging for retired military men and women.
Retired Marine and umpire Greg Wilson and NCAA umpire Dan Weikle created the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy in 2014. Its mission is
“to provide instruction, training, mentoring, and placement for military veterans interested in officiating baseball or softball.”
Why Wounded Warriors as umpires? Service members are already disciplined, organized and polished. What’s needed are the training and the gear so they can make an immediate transition to the baseball diamond.
Based in Denver, Colorado, the 2017 class had 20 students, including 5 returning graduates. 20 dedicated staff members provided the instruction.
THE GEAR AND APPAREL
We are proud to be one of the 3 Grand Slam Sponsors along with AT&T and the Semper Fi Fund. In reality, it’s the caring suppliers that year after year step up to the plate to outfit the now umpires with their gear and apparel.
We would like to thank the following companies for their generous donations and dedication to the brave men and women of the Wounded Warriors Umpire Academy.
Veteran Danielle Pothoof was a returning student to the 2017 class. Last Christmas, Danielle had to have her left leg amputated after some complications from a previous battle injury. She had to relearn the curriculum, but this time without a leg. WWUA was the motivation she needed to put her prosthetic to the test. She now has the confidence to trust her new leg, and rely on it more in daily life. We here at Ump-Attire.com and the WWUA staff are extremely proud of Danielle and all of the graduates of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy.
For more information about the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, visit www.woundedwarriorua.com
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About the Author
Marketing Assistant, Pro School Umpire Graduate Josh Mann
Josh Mann, a native of Chicago, attended the University of Arizona where he completed a Bachelors Degree in General Studies of Economy and Industry and a Sports Management minor. His umpire career began in his hometown of Northbrook, Illinois while he was in high school. Going to college in Tucson, Arizona allowed Josh to continue his umpire career while earning his degree. After gaining experience, Josh attended The Umpire School (now known as Minor League Baseball Training Academy) and Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School. With his education, he umpired in the Frontier Professional Baseball League for three seasons. Josh lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He enjoys baseball, golf, hockey, and spending time at the park with his dog Wrigley.