Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy

Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy Established in 2014, the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy's mission is to provide instruction, training, placement and peer to peer support for military veterans interested in baseball.
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Service members are disciplined, organized and polished while in the service of a greater organization governed by regulations and orders... it is a very easy transition to the baseball diamond. We show how their already perfected talents can be applied to the profession of umpiring. We also provide continued support and development in order for our graduates to gain the experience necessary to advance to higher levels of the game. The most important component of our program is actually the introduction into a new brotherhood which is not unlike that of the military culture. We are the "third team" on the field and have to look out for each other. That bond and camaraderie extends beyond the chalk lines of the diamond. When one umpire meets another umpire, there is an immediate connection of something special. Much more so than two people who meet and happen to play the game. Our veterans enjoyed this camaraderie for years on Active or Reserve Duty. In civilian life, this may be hard to find again.

Mission: Our mission is to provide instruction, training, mentoring, and placement for U.S. military veterans interested in officiating baseball and softball. We provide opportunities for U.S. military veterans to develop sports officiating skills that allows individual veterans to obtain employment opportunities through umpiring and officiating of amateur sports. We provide guidance and direction for U.S. military veterans to obtain sufficient officiating skills and experience to advance to opportunities to work amateur sport competition at the highest levels of high school and collegiate games. We also provide other necessary services as required to advance and promote U.S. military veterans qualifying and participating in amateur sports officiating.

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Congratulations to the WWUA Alumni who will be umpiring at the Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Ft Myers in January!⚾️ Julio Hurt...
10/09/2020

Congratulations to the WWUA Alumni who will be umpiring at the Red Sox Fantasy Camp in Ft Myers in January!

⚾️ Julio Hurtado
⚾️ John Crosser
⚾️ Seantoya Hinton
⚾️ Clayton McDaniel

Thanks to Brent Fountain for making this happen.
#WoundedWarriors #stillinthefight

SEANTOYA HINTON#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute🇺🇸 Sergeant, US Army (2001-2010)🏥 Combat Medic, Iraq & Afghanistan💜 Feet Rec...
10/07/2020

SEANTOYA HINTON
#WarriorWednesday WWUA Salute

🇺🇸 Sergeant, US Army (2001-2010)
🏥 Combat Medic, Iraq & Afghanistan
💜 Feet Reconstruction from IED that exploded under vehicle (2003)
🎓 WWUA Graduate (2019)
⚾️ Umpires Games through Silbo
📚 UNC-Greensboro Degree (2020)

“WWUA has given me a second chance on my life...umpiring has allowed me to fill that missing void I’ve had since leaving the military”.
-Seantoya

WWUA alum Matthew Currin (far right) mentors rising college umpire Brooks Pritchett this weekend while father David Prit...
10/05/2020

WWUA alum Matthew Currin (far right) mentors rising college umpire Brooks Pritchett this weekend while father David Pritchett looks on.
#passingiton #puttinginthework
#woundedwarriors #boardmembers

🎵 Listen in to the only Summit session that began with a WWUA rap.https://youtu.be/P_-VwWJmIgw📺 Watch Matthew & Greg’s S...
10/02/2020

🎵 Listen in to the only Summit session that began with a WWUA rap.
https://youtu.be/P_-VwWJmIgw

📺 Watch Matthew & Greg’s Summit 40+ minute video “wrap” session on the WWUA YouTube channel.

JOHN CROSSER#WarriorWednesday🇺🇸 Enlisted Army, Fort Carson CO, 2006📍Iraq, 2nd Infantry Division, 2006💜 Below-Knee Leg Am...
09/30/2020

JOHN CROSSER
#WarriorWednesday

🇺🇸 Enlisted Army, Fort Carson CO, 2006
📍Iraq, 2nd Infantry Division, 2006
💜 Below-Knee Leg Amputation as result of injuries from IED, 2007
🏅 Army Commendation Medal
🤿 Divemaster & Scuba Instructor
⚾️ Began Umpiring LL, 2015
🎓 WWUA Graduate, 2018

“Staff & instructors opened my eyes to all the possibilities that the game of baseball & umpiring could bring me.”

#stillinthefight

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rich Padilla! 🎂 The WWUA Salutes You!👔 WWUA VP & Instructor📍 Born in NYC / Raised in LA🇺🇸 Marine Veteran⚾...
09/29/2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rich Padilla! 🎂
The WWUA Salutes You!

👔 WWUA VP & Instructor
📍 Born in NYC / Raised in LA
🇺🇸 Marine Veteran
⚾️ Former MiLB Player & Umpire
3️⃣7️⃣ Years Umpiring (ret.)

https://www.woundedwarriorua.org/rich-padilla/

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight
09/28/2020

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight

ROLL CALL: What are you doing this weekend?⚾️ Umpiring👰 Going to a Wedding🎓 Teaching/Learning🎣 Fishing⛳️ Other?
09/25/2020

ROLL CALL: What are you doing this weekend?
⚾️ Umpiring
👰 Going to a Wedding
🎓 Teaching/Learning
🎣 Fishing
⛳️ Other?

Congratulations from the entire WWUA family to bride & groom Tammy & Jack Stanfield on their wedding this past weekend.(...
09/24/2020

Congratulations from the entire WWUA family to bride & groom Tammy & Jack Stanfield on their wedding this past weekend.
(L to R David Pritchett, Tammy, Jack, Seantoya Hinton & Seth Swanson with Greg Wilson on top)

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight
09/21/2020

#motivationmonday #woundedwarriors #stillinthefight

On this date in 1947, the Air Force was created when Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air For...
09/18/2020

On this date in 1947, the Air Force was created when Stuart Symington was sworn in as the first Secretary of the Air Force. Happy 72nd Birthday Chris Thomas, James Hopper and Brandon Henson! Our WWUA Air Force Alumni and Staff representatives!!

The WWUA Board had a great meeting this week. Stay tuned for some special announcements coming soon!#stillinthefight #wo...
09/17/2020

The WWUA Board had a great meeting this week. Stay tuned for some special announcements coming soon!
#stillinthefight #woundedwarriors

ERIC MURRAY - ALUMNI SALUTE#WarriorWednesday🇺🇸 United States Marine Corps 1996-2004 (sergeant) Infantrymen🇺🇸 United Stat...
09/16/2020

ERIC MURRAY - ALUMNI SALUTE
#WarriorWednesday

🇺🇸 United States Marine Corps 1996-2004 (sergeant) Infantrymen

🇺🇸 United States Army 2005-2017 (staff sergeant) Infantrymen

💜 Purple Heart Recipient 9-26-2006

🏆 WWUA MOTIVATOR Award
Graduate 2019

🎓 Wendelstedt Umpire School Graduate 2020

⚾️ United Umpires (2020) & AHSAA (Alabama) Umpire (Planned 2021)

#WoundedWarriors #stillinthefight

#woundedwarriors #stillinthefight#MotivationMonday
09/14/2020

#woundedwarriors #stillinthefight
#MotivationMonday

BIG THANKS to Ray Brownlie of UMPLIFE for his personalized 4-pack donation to our SUMMIT’s Alumni Happy Hour!CONGRATS to...
09/13/2020

BIG THANKS to Ray Brownlie of UMPLIFE for his personalized 4-pack donation to our SUMMIT’s Alumni Happy Hour!

CONGRATS to the Winners!!
Eric Murray
Kyle Bujno
David Bogen
David Jenkins
Seantoya Hinton

#stillinthefight

CONGRATULATIONS to 2020 Virtual Summit Giveaway Winners (Part 1):Louis NickersonWilson West Vest Gold Chest ProtectorBri...
09/13/2020
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CONGRATULATIONS to 2020 Virtual Summit Giveaway Winners (Part 1):

Louis Nickerson
Wilson West Vest Gold Chest Protector

Brian Beddingfield
Diamond iX3 Mask

Philip Byars
Champro Equipment Bag

$50 Gift Cards
Liam Fernald
Kyle Bujno
Clayton McDaniel

Thanks to our Grand Slam sponsor Ump-Attire.com plus Champro, Diamond & Wilson for these generous donations.

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Semper Fi & America's Fund
09/11/2020

Semper Fi & America's Fund

We honor. We remember.

We will #NeverForget the lives lost on September 11th at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We remain grateful to the men and women who serve, defend, and protect our freedoms every day. May we never take them for granted. #PatriotDay

LOVE what you saw from the WWUA & the 2020 Summit? Show your support with a donation today. 100% of your donation suppor...
09/11/2020
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LOVE what you saw from the WWUA & the 2020 Summit? Show your support with a donation today. 100% of your donation supports our Wounded Warriors.
#WoundedWarriors #StillInTheFight

The Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy helps veterans find a renewed sense of purpose and belonging through peer to peer support and baseball. DONATE NOW Make a Donation Today The first camp, held in June of 2014, trained 14 veterans in Denver, Colorado. During camp, the students learned the fundamental...

How did Matthew Currin & Greg Wilson do co-hosting their 1st Virtual Summit? (Almost 8 hours!!)
09/09/2020

How did Matthew Currin & Greg Wilson do co-hosting their 1st Virtual Summit? (Almost 8 hours!!)

If you took a break, time to come back! Saving the best for last with Wounded Warriors Clayton McDaniel & Kyle Bujno at ...
09/09/2020

If you took a break, time to come back! Saving the best for last with Wounded Warriors Clayton McDaniel & Kyle Bujno at 3:40 Eastern.
#Summit2020

Follow these groups you saw on the Virtual Summit today:Semper Fi & America's Fund22 Until None
09/09/2020

Follow these groups you saw on the Virtual Summit today:
Semper Fi & America's Fund
22 Until None

THE VETERAN AFTERNOON SESSION SCHEDULE(All times Eastern)Semper Fi Fund (LIVE NOW)2:00 Melissa Lee - 22 Until None2:50 M...
09/09/2020

THE VETERAN AFTERNOON SESSION SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
Semper Fi Fund (LIVE NOW)
2:00 Melissa Lee - 22 Until None
2:50 Matt and Greg Q&A
3:40 Kyle Bujno/ Clayton McDaniel - Alumni Testimonials and Discussion

ANNOUNCEMENT MADE LIVEKelly Elliott Dine will be an instructor at the 2021 WWUA. Blessed to have someone with umpire exp...
09/09/2020

ANNOUNCEMENT MADE LIVE
Kelly Elliott Dine will be an instructor at the 2021 WWUA. Blessed to have someone with umpire experience on multiple levels and a Navy veteran.

We are rolling along. Mike Everitt kicked it off & now it’s time for back-to-back LLWS umpires Gary DiFabio (LIVE now) w...
09/09/2020

We are rolling along. Mike Everitt kicked it off & now it’s time for back-to-back LLWS umpires Gary DiFabio (LIVE now) with Kelly Dine on-deck. COME JOIN US!

15 minutes to going LIVE! Join WWUA co-hosts Matthew Currin & Greg Wilson wIth MLB Crew Chief Mike Everitt #57 (retired)...
09/09/2020

15 minutes to going LIVE! Join WWUA co-hosts Matthew Currin & Greg Wilson wIth MLB Crew Chief Mike Everitt #57 (retired) right here at 9am Eastern.

Tune in tomorrow afternoon to meet Clayton McDaniel, WWUA Alumni.🇺🇸 Marine Corps (2006)💪🏼 Afghanistan (2010-2011)💪🏼 EAS ...
09/09/2020

Tune in tomorrow afternoon to meet Clayton McDaniel, WWUA Alumni.

🇺🇸 Marine Corps (2006)
💪🏼 Afghanistan (2010-2011)
💪🏼 EAS (2013)
⚾️ WWUA Graduate (2015)
⚾️ Wendlestedt Pro School Grad (2018)
🎙 Summit Speaker (2020)

Hear his testimony & see if he is beard-free or beard-full at 3:40pm Eastern Time on 9/9.

SPEAKER LINEUP WEDNESDAYAlthough it’s hard to pick just 1, who you are looking forward to hearing from most?⚾️ Mike Ev...
09/08/2020

SPEAKER LINEUP WEDNESDAY
Although it’s hard to pick just 1, who you are looking forward to hearing from most?
⚾️ Mike Everitt, MLB #57 retired
⚾️ Jim Kirk, Ump-Attire.com
⚾️ Gary DiFabio, LLWS & College Umpire
⚾️ Kelly Dine, LLWS & College Umpire
🇺🇸 Dawn Van Skike, Semper Fi Fund
🇺🇸 Melissa Lee, 22 Until None
🇺🇸 Kyle Bujno, WWUA Alumni
🇺🇸 Clayton McDaniel, WWUA Alumni
#Summit2020

Congrats to the #SaturdayStyle winner Eric Murray for the photo with the most likes! TSymphony Smith & Brent Fountain we...
09/07/2020

Congrats to the #SaturdayStyle winner Eric Murray for the photo with the most likes! TSymphony Smith & Brent Fountain were runners-up.

Thanks for all the great photos. Even though Eric wins the UA gift card, you ALL have style!

GIVEAWAY ALERT 📸 WWUA umpires have style. Submit your best pic in any uniform showing us you have it, too. Photo with mo...
09/05/2020

GIVEAWAY ALERT 📸
WWUA umpires have style. Submit your best pic in any uniform showing us you have it, too.

Photo with most likes wins a free $25 gift card to Ump-Attire.com.
#SaturdayStyle #WoundedWarriors

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Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy offers Veterans a Career Behind the Plate! In January of 2014, Marine Major Gregory Wilson found himself at an umpire camp in Idaho. There, purely by chance, he met former Marine, Jimmy Craig, and with the words “Semper Fi, Devil Dog” and the help of Dan Weikle, DII National Umpire Coordinator, an idea was born. That idea, now a reality, is The Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy. The Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy trains American heroes to become baseball umpires. The first camp, held in June of 2014, trained 14 veterans in Denver, Colorado. During camp, the men learn the fundamentals of umpiring: from calling balls and strikes, to the mechanics of positioning, and of course, the rules of the game. At the end of camp, these Marines can umpire anywhere baseball is played. More importantly, the graduates of the program leave with new career opportunities and support for their transition to civilian life. “This experience and opportunity is critical to our transitioning Marines,” said Jimmy Craig. “But more importantly, it gives our battle tested leaders a transition back into civilian life and a purpose. It gives them a feeling of camaraderie and a sense of belonging to something important. Most of these students are multiple Purple Heart recipients, and have some form of PTSD and in many cases TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). It’s very difficult for me as a Marine myself to put a price tag on a feeling of belonging, giving back and self-worth, so to me this camp is the perfect environment, introducing a career that embraces the same sort of brotherhood these men experienced as a Marine.” None of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy instructors are paid. It's a young program, and while so far, financial support comes from the Semper Fi Fund, and limited sponsor and individual donations, these organizations don't cover all the costs involved with the program “Our vision is for any Wounded Warrior to access our camps at no cost. After all, they’ve given literally everything they have to us, it’s time for us to give back to them.” said Craig. The average cost per Marine to complete the program is almost $3,000. The organization’s goal is to make it possible for 40 Marines to attend every camp.

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MURRDAWG got the PERFECT GAME LEAGUE IN NEW YORK
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What a fantastic organization. If you ever hold a camp in the Pacific Northwest, I know many seasoned umps who would be happy to help out.
We have worked with them in the past. Great organization. Their umpires can work with us anytime.
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It was neat to meet Major Craig Wilson and his family this summer at JDs Baitshop