Big plays, big crowds, cheering fans and autographs. All the makings of a big game!
Athlete Saul Bosquez says, “We played last year in Indianapolis and had a decent sized crowd. I have a feeling this year is going to be a little bit bigger than the game in Indianapolis.” Bosquez is talking about a flag football game set for January 30th in New Orleans, pitting former NFL stars like Tyrone Hughes against American heroes like himself and teammate Matt Kinsey.
Bosquez is an Army veteran who lost his leg during a deployment. He remembers the exact moment. “August 1st, 2007, routine actually done with a routine patrol, heading back to base. Second vehicle in a four vehicle convoy and an IED went off on the right side of the vehicle and got my left leg instead of my right leg.” Bosquez is not alone. His football team is comprised entirely of wounded warriors- amputees who’ve lost limbs overseas while fighting to protect our freedom. In their pre-Super Bowl game, they’ll also be fighting for another cause: raising money for Team Gleason and raising awareness about ALS.
Steve Gleason, who’s fighting the disease himself says, “The men and women that choose to put their life in danger overseas. That’s a heroic choice. So to be able to partner with them is an honor for us.” For the wounded warriors, who’ve received so much charity and help themselves, this game offers a rare opportunity for them to give back. Bosquez says, “It’s nice to be on the other side of it now because we’re so used to people donating to us as Wounded Warriors, so it’s nice to be able to help and give back to such a great organization, a great cause.”
The team has some star power to back them up! Cooper Manning with be hosting the event and says, “They’re pretty good athletes ready to play these NFL guys, so I think it’s gonna be a good game!” Think they’re at a disadvantage? Think again. Last year in Indy, the wounded warriors beat the retired pros. We’ll have to wait and see what happens this year.
The game is being held at Isidore Newman School. Contact the school directly for ticket information. To learn more about the Wounded Warriors team, visit www.woundedwarriorsamputeesoftballteam.org.