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UA to Host 3rd Disabled Vets Camp
Twenty veterans from around the U.S. will get a tour of the UA that includes athletics clinics and sessions on how to take advantage of their higher education benefits.
The camp, March 9-11, is sponsored by the UA Disabled Veterans Reintegration and Education Project, with support from the U.S. Veterans Administration and UA coach Mike Candrea and the softball team.
Friday evening they'll play an exhibition softball game at Hillenbrand Field following the UA-Baylor women's softball game, which starts at 6 pm. This all-veteran, all-amputee stand-up softball team is a first.
At the two-day camp, vets will attend athletic clinics and learn from coaches and student-athletes. The focus of the majority of the clinics is teaching vets who have amputations and prosthetics how to play softball standing up, said Amanda Kraus, project director for the Veterans Reintegration and Education Project.
There also will be a clinic to introduce vets to wheelchair basketball, workouts at the Student Recreation Center and a meeting with UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne.
In addition, college and VA officials will run information sessions on how vets can take advantage of education benefits coming to them. They'll also tour the campus and visit the UA Student Vets Center in the Student Union Memorial Center.
Group members also get to meet and socialize with other disabled veterans who share similar experiences. Based on previous camps, the support that vets build with each other has proven to be a powerful asset in moving forward.
While there are no UA students in the current group, three vets from other camps are now enrolled here and play on the UA wheelchair basketball squad, said Dave Herr-Cardillo, the UA's longtime assistant director of the UA Disabilities Resource Center.
Many of those who attended the first two camps now play wheelchair sports in their own communities as a result of their training here, said Kraus.
Ticket information for the UA-Baylor women's softball game is online.