David Pritchett, a coordinator and instructor for GTCC’s Business & Industry, recently traveled to Denver, Colo., where he was an instructor at the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy. The intensive seven-day training camp is designed for U.S. Marines and Navy corpsman who were injured or wounded during service. This year, 20 veterans participated in the academy, Pritchett said. After completing the training, the military veterans had the opportunity to umpire more than 70 games at the Triple Play Qualifying Tournament in Boulder, Colo.
The purpose of the academy is to give service members an opportunity to learn a new skill and join a new brotherhood as they begin to transition out of the military, Pritchett said.
“I was humbled and honored to be a part of this amazing experience,” Pritchett said. “The Marines and sailors who attended this camp sacrificed so much for this country. I was grateful to be able to give back in a small way. I walked away amazed by their dedication and enthusiasm about learning to become an umpire. I can’t wait to go back next year!”
For more information about the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, please visit its Facebook page.
— Carla Kucinski/GTCC
Published June 10, 2015