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Softball keeps Las Vegas seniors, military veterans connected

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Out on the sphere at Lorenzi park, the sensation of competitiveness and teamwork may be felt because the Las Vegas Senior Association performs softball.

It is a bond that grew over time, not simply with the gamers but in addition for the military veterans in search of an outlet to remain in form and join with the neighborhood.

Russ Curtis is the sphere commissioner for the staff and a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Alaska and California.

“They enjoy it, a lot of them are pretty rusty when they first come out,” mentioned Curtis. “They don’t realize we’re as good as we are. We range from 50 years old to 80 years old on the field. We got one guy that’s 82 years old and he’s as good as everybody else.”

Paul Callaghan attended the Merchant Marine Academy and was commissioned as an ensign within the Navy. He mentioned that it’s extra than simply enjoying a recreation and the comradery is evident.

“These are our brothers, our friends. Some of us lost our spouses and we rely on each other,” defined Callaghan. “I’ve been with the travel team since 2005 and we’re a close-knit group, it just means everything.”

US Army Veteran, Mike Warzocha, served two excursions in Vietnam from 1969-1971. He mentioned the staff is all the time in search of extra gamers and also you don’t must be a military veteran to hitch.

“I made a few phone calls and I found out they play senior ball here and being retired I was available, so I found out about this and came down and immediately was put on the roster,” added Warzocha. “I have been playing now for almost nine years here.”

It is not only the fellows getting in all of the enjoyable and motion, however the ladies are too.

Rhonda Decker served nearly 30 years within the U.S. Army from 1984 to 2012 and served proper right here in Las Vegas.

 She mentioned there are 61 gamers within the ladies’s league with the identical purpose of selling well being in addition to the standard of life and constructing lifelong connections.

“Win or lose, we’re all shaking hands,” mentioned Decker. “We’re all friends and oftentimes we move teams and it’s a great way to get out and get exercise.”

The Las Vegas Senior Softball Association is open to these 50 years and older, with the oldest participant within the league at 87 years outdated.

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