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Irish Softball, Wounded Warriors Team Up For A Spectacular Sunday

Oct 1, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

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On Saturday, Notre Dame lost and it was frustrating. On Sunday, Notre Dame lost—twice—and it was awesome.

As I mentioned in this week’s Monogram Club Musings, it can be easy to get wrapped up in what happens on the field at Notre Dame Stadium during the fall. For some, an Irish defeat might as well mark the end of the weekend. An Irish victory, and the excitement of the pre-game tailgate can carry deep into the night.

At their core, home football weekends are about football—but they are also about so much more than football. From reunions with family and friends, to soccer and volleyball games, to various other special events that take place, there is no shortage of things to do on campus.

This past weekend, the Notre Dame softball program hosted a unique doubleheader at Melissa Cook Stadium, taking on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST), a team comprised of veterans who lost limbs in post-9/11 conflicts, in a pair of exhibition games. The Irish played against WWAST before a squad of Notre Dame celebrities took the diamond in the second contest.

Among those Fighting Irish stars were several Monogram winners, such as board members Haley Scott DeMaria (’95, swimming), Dick Nussbaum (’74 & ’77, baseball), Jen Sharron Richardson (’01, softball) and Bryan Fenton (’87, manager). Among others, the “celebrity” team also included Irish head coaches Mike Brey and Mik Aoki, local sports reporters Angelo Di Carlo and Pete Byrne (’99, manager) and Student Welfare and Development Program Director Duke Preston.

At the end of the afternoon, both Irish teams fell to the talented Wounded Warrior squad (24-15 and 22-9), but the scoreboard might as well have been turned off.

On a perfect fall Sunday, it was inspiring to watch a few of our nation’s bravest individuals— people who overcame the life-changing adversity of losing a limb—not only compete, but do it at a high level. Not to mention, it was fun to see Coach Brey “charge the mound” after being hit by a pitch.

Below, check out a video from the afternoon, as well as a whole bunch of tweets from members of the ND celebs. For more on the game, visit UNDerground and read student blogger Mike Franz’s post.

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