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May 18, 2013

DYBC honors veterans at tournament

The Banner Staff
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DUNCAN — On America’s National Armed Forces day, the Duncan Youth Baseball Club did its part to honor those who serve their country in the military this weekend.

The Club is hosting second annual “Wood/Batting for the Cause” Tournament through Sunday, choosing the Wounded Warrior Project as its cause in 2013. To support the WWP, the DYBC donate part of its proceeds from the tournament to the cause.

DYBC even took time to honor one of its own in between games, as the members of the Under-8 team The Intimidators recognized its coach Duane Kouts for his military service.

The team took time after their game against their DYBC rivals the Padres to  present Kouts with a wooden bat with camouflage colors.

Kouts served for 20 years, being stationed in Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

“I’m speechless, I can’t say how much I appreciate,” Kouts. “This is all really exciting, this is a great thing that they’re doing.”

The WWP is a project that provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.

The WWP was founded in 2002 and according to the Wounded Warrior Project Website, creates programs to help the veterans deal with stress following being in combat, provide economic empowerment, connect veterans with one another and provide physical rehabilitation.

In its first year hosting the “Wood/Batting for the Cause” Tournament, the DYBC hosted a tournament to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.