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2022 Wheelchair Softball World Series is coming to Crestwood and Ozinga Field August 4th - 6th!

 

The Village of Crestwood and the Windy City ThunderBolts are honored to host the 2022 Wheelchair Softball World Series on the grounds of Ozinga Field.  19 teams from 14 states and three countries will compete for the biggest prize in wheelchair softball.  The tournament runs from Thursday, August 4th through Saturday, August 6th and will be held in the blacktop lots surrounding Crestwood's Ozinga Field.

USA Wheelchair Softball, the official governing body for competitive wheelchair softball, has held national championships since 1976.  Today USA Wheelchair Softball governs over 40 teams in the United States in conjunction with Major League Baseball and welcomes wheelchair softball teams from around the world to it's premier championship.  Wheelchair softball was born in the Midwest by a few individuals with spinal cord injuries and lower extremity impairments who still wanted to enjoy America's greatest pastime.  They play the game in an easily maneuverable wheelchair played on blacktop parking lots for fast and competitive action.

Wheelchair softball is an exciting and challenging summer sport that enables men, women, boys & girls with a mobility impairment to competitively play an adapted version of "America's Pastime."  To learn more visit the USA Wheelchair Softball Facebook page HERE.

This event is FREE to attend!  Here is what you need to know...

- The 2022 Wheelchair Softball World Series begins on Thursday, August 4th and will conclude with the finals on Saturday, August 6th.  This event is open to the public and is FREE to attend.

- The competition will NOT be inside the stadium it-self, but will be held on the blacktop parking lots surrounding Ozinga Field.  Three diamonds will be built across Kenton Avenue in the West lot and two diamonds will be located on the Northeast side of the property.

- Food trucks will be present in the West lot for both competitors and spectators. The ThunderBolts will be selling beverages including water and soda, as well as alcohol selections like beer, seltzers and mixed drinks. All food and beverage sales will be in the West lot across Kenton Avenue from the stadium.  No food/drink sales will be sold inside the stadium.

- Parking is available in the Northwest lot located just West of the Biela Center.  Parking is also available between the Biela Center and the stadium.  The stadium it-self will still be utilized for amature baseball during the Wheelchair Softball World Series.  Foul balls WILL reach the lots directly West and South of the stadium.  The Village of Crestwood and the Windy City ThunderBolts are not responsible for any damages to vehicles that surround the ballpark.

- Overflow parking, if needed, will be located on the Southwest corner of 141st Street and Kenton Avenue.  This is a grass lot and it is located across the street, directly West, of Caesar Park.

- Meet and support the competiters in person when the ThunderBolts take on the Joliet Slammers Thursday, August 4th at Ozinga Field.  The competition on Thursday will end early for the World Series celebration and the Wheelchair Softball Hall of Fame ceremonies.  You can get tickets to the game HERE!

- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS -

Wednesday, August 3rd: Workout Day and Rules Meetings

Thursday, August 4th from 8 am - 5 pm:  World Series Day 1 (stadium lots)

Thursday, August 4th at 6:30 pm: Hall of Fame Social at Ozinga Field Stadium during the ThunderBolts vs. Joliet baseball game

Friday, August 5th from 8 am - 8 pm:  World Series Day 2 (stadium lots)

Saturday, August 6th from 8 am - 4 pm:  World Series Final Day (stadium lots)

Saturday, August 6th at 5:30 pm:  Awards Ceremony and Social (stadium lots)

- PARTICIPATING TEAMS -

National World Series:  Atlanta (Georgia), Biloxi (Missippi), Chicago, Columbus (Ohio), Grand Rapids (Michigan), Houston (Texas), Kansas City (Missouri), Minneapolis (Minnesota), Nashville (Tennessee), New Lenox (Illinois), New York 1, New York 2, Omaha (Nebraska), Orlando (Florida), Pasadena (Texas), Phoenix (Arizona), Tulsa (Oaklahoma)

International Division:  USA, Canada, Japan

Junior Exhibition:  Team Illinois and Team Nebraska

- INFORMATIONAL LINKS -

Official Tournament Headquarters of the 2022 Wheelchair Softball World Series

Official website of USA Wheelchair Softball

Official Rules of USA Wheelchair Softball

Map of Ozinga Field grounds for World Series

 



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