LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Don't you wish your summer was like your children's? A whole world of possibilities opens up for so many kids with camps teaching everything from sewing to space exploration. This week in Louisville, 20 kids from all over the country are learning life lessons from a group of American military members.
Softball camps are as big a part of summer as swimming and sunshine. But along with swinging and catching, the kids are learning something more.
The coaches are members of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.
"Everybody on the team served in the military, served their country and has some type of amputation," explained former U.S. Army Green Beret Todd Reed.
The campers are all missing limbs as well.
"These guys who have suffered a limb loss can talk to kids who are also going through the same challenges and so forth that they are," said Kids Camp Director and Founder Susan Rodio.
For five days, the Wounded Warriors will share what they've learned about softball with the campers.
"When I was in baseball, I couldn't really hit it because ever since I got the running blade, it wouldn't bend so I had to stay straight and I had to move my hips instead of bending," explained 8-year-old Logan Powell from Seattle, Washington of some of the challenges.
What they are really learning is how to overcome and thrive with life's obstacles.
"We had one really cool boy last year who his parents said that he didn't want to wear shorts because kids made fun of him in school," Reed said. "After he had spent a few days with us, he told his mom he wanted to go to the store and buy a pair of shorts. He said well if those guys are running around, showing their legs off and they don't care what people think and look at what they're doing on the field, you know I want to do the same thing."
It's the mission of the Wounded Warriors, something they're trying to teach us all and something that plays out in the game of softball.
"To show people that regardless of your injury or what's going on with you that you can still overcome some of these things and still set goals or set new goals," said Reed.
This is the second year for the WWAST kids softball camp. Last year it was in Orlando.
The kids come from all over the country and will be in Louisville through Friday, when they play each other at Louisville Slugger Field right before the Louisville Bats game.
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