UMPS CARE Charities is proud to salute veterans who are training to become umpires through the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, and is raising funds to send these veterans and their families and friend to MLB ballparks across the country.

Our first Stars and Strikes campaign launched over Memorial Day weekend with a golf outing in Phoenix to support the program featuring four foursomes, led by retired MLB Umpires Gary Darling and Kerwin Danley, College Umpire and Retired Marine Matt McMahon and Two-time Super Bowl NFL Referee Jeff Seeman. Each foursome included participants from the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy.

Over the Fourth of July holiday, UMPS CARE Charities and MLB Umpires will be inviting Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy participants to games across the country to meet umpires and enjoy special opportunities such as throwing a ceremonial first pitch or being on the field for batting practice.

Our goal is send at least 25 participants from WWUA and their friends and relatives – about 100 people overall – to ballparks across the country!

Proceeds will support these VIP and MLB game day events for veterans who are involved with WWUA.

“At UMPS CARE, our creed is helping people is an easy call,” said UMPS CARE President Gary Darling, who spent nearly 30 years working in Major League Baseball as an umpire. “Supporting wounded veterans who are now training to become umpires is truly one of the easiest calls we have ever had to make. These servicemen and servicewomen devote their lives to this country, and now they are representing the game of baseball wearing an umpire uniform, and we could not be prouder to align with them.”

“Our program gives veterans a renewed sense of purpose and belonging by getting them involved with baseball in their local communities,” said Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy President Gregory Wilson. “In my opinion, there is no greater cause than honoring those who have protected our freedoms. Without them, we might not be able to receive quality medical care, own small businesses or even watch a baseball game.”

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Established in 2014, the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy’s mission is to provide umpire instruction, training, placement and peer to peer support for military veterans interested in baseball.  In many cases, warriors have to medically retire from the service abruptly without any transition plans. We offer these warriors the opportunity to feel like they belong again, to be part of yet another organization in the service of others: our nation’s youth through the sport of baseball.  WWUA, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization of veterans serving veterans, has served more than 110 wounded veterans from all services across the country.