She might have a disability, but she is on her game.
A nine-year-old from New Fairfield has just returned from a kids camp in Louisville, Kentucky, where she trained with the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team.
Jen Castro was born with one arm, but that has not stopped her.
Castro was selected as one of 20 amputee players from across the country to spend five days with the Wounded Warriors’ softball team
“It was so much fun,” Castro said of the camp. “You were around other kids who had disabilities and you didn’t really stand out, and it was just cool to be around other kids the same as you.”
Castro’s mother, Mara, signed her daughter up to play softball two years ago.
“It’s just given her what every other kid has and there is no reason she shouldn’t have that,” Mara Castro said.
Much like Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Abbott, who played on five MLB teams, Jen has learned to catch the ball and flick her glove off in an instant, throwing, usually with accuracy and velocity, to her intended target.
“I felt like I needed a challenge and all my friends like softball so I decided to try it,” Castro said.
Mara Castro said the week working with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Team was invaluable for Jen.
“Hats off to the Wounded Warriors,” Mara said. “They’re giving the kids so much more than softball, they’re sending a message.”
Now back from camp, Jen is working on a new hitting stance while she is busy playing on the New Fairfield Rebels, her hometown travel team.
“Never give up and keep on trying,” Castro said.