Legless Athlete Dave Stevens Comes Home to Minnesota to Raise Funds for Local Disabled Veterans

NFL Alumni and Celebrity Flag Football Game to feature live reports on The Disability Channel

Minneapolis, MN (January 30, 2018) – Dave Stevens, congenital amputee, who made NCAA college football and professional baseball history, returns to the state where he started his college and professional career. Stevens and the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) announced today, they will challenge the Minnesota Vikings/NFL Alumni and stars in a friendly game of flag football to benefit local area veterans on January 31st at Sea Foam Stadium in Saint Paul.

Stevens appeared on ABC’s “That’s Incredible” in 1983. Stanley Hubbard was so moved by Dave’s appearance on the show that he invited Stevens, who was still a high school student in Wickenburg, Arizona, to work at KSTP in Minneapolis. As fate would have it, Stevens was also given a full-ride scholarship to Augsburg University where he wrestled and played baseball before settling on football.

All Star Flag Football At-A-Glance
What: Minnesota Vikings/NFL Alumni vs. Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT)
Why: Charity & Celebrity All Star Flag Football Game to benefit the Minnesota Disabled Veterans
Tickets: $10 (Students and Children free)
WWAFT vs NFL & Vikings Alumni Game of Honor
When: Wed, January 31st – 6pm-8pm (pregame autographs on field)
Where: Sea Foam Stadium -Concordia University Saint Paul –314 Hamline Ave (between Concordia & Marshall Ave)
Who: (scheduled to appear) Rich Gannon, Robert Smith, Ron Jaworski, Ryan Leaf, Sage Rosenfels, Rod Woodson, ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, Jerry Kramer, Jack Youngblood, Rod Woodson, Rickey Foggie, Dave Stevens, Legless College Football & Baseball Player (Augsburg U/St. Paul Saints) Todd Bouman,Jay Foreman ,Sean Morey, Ben Leber, Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, EJ Henderson, Brad Meester, Kenechi Udeze, William Henderson, Chris Rogers, Marcus Mccauley, Aaron Elling,Tyrell Johnson, Mark Setterstrom, Matt Spaeth, Maurice Jones Drew, Matthew Hatchette, Jason Brown, Todd Steussie, Visanthe Shiacoe.

Live TV Coverage: The Disabilities Channel http://thedisabilitychannel.ca/ will broadcast live reports from the WWAFT vs NFL Alumni Flag Football game. TDC‘s Super Bowl LII correspondent Dave Stevens is participating in this charitable all star game and will be onsite filing live reports and interviews with celebrities showcasing people with disabilities abilities.

As an athlete, Stevens went on to make NCAA history as the only double amputee to play three seasons of college football at Augsburg University from 1987-89. Dave also signed a spring training contract in 1996 and played three weeks of baseball with the St. Paul Saints. His teammates included MLB legend Darryl Strawberry and soon to be Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris. Stevens started one game at second base, and even pinch hit for Strawberry after a three home run game. Stevens tried out for the Minnesota Twins in 1983 and 1984, as well as the Dallas Cowboys in 1990.

As a sports journalist, Stevens worked at KSTP with legendary local broadcasting names like Joe Schmidt, Bob Bruce, Eric Gislason and Robb Leer. Stevens was part of the team that covered two Twins World Series Championship games in 1987 and 1991. Dave also covered the Vikings, North Stars, Timberwolves and Gopher teams who had playoff runs during his ten years in Minnesota.

In 1995, Stevens left Hubbard Broadcasting for ESPN in Bristol, CT where he worked in various behind-the-scenes roles with SportsCenter and all of its platforms. Dave’s accomplishments include winning seven National Sports Emmy’s during his 20- year career at the worldwide leader in sports.

Dave left ESPN in 2015, and is now a full-time highly sought after national speaker, sharing his message about his amazing journey in life. Stevens also volunteers for the WWAFT as their PR/Player, bringing him back to Minnesota for the charity game. Dave will be the emcee and host for this amazing event, featuring some of the biggest names in Vikings History. Stevens also volunteers his time for Disability Dream & Do camps that host baseball events for disabled children around the country.

ATTENTION radio TV Editors & Show Producers – Dave and his veteran WWAFT team members are available to be booked for live interviews in- studio to share their inspirational messages of perseverance and hope. To schedule you can call Dave direct @ 860.690.4877

About Dave Stevens Speaks: As a legless athlete and motivational speaker, Dave Stevens shares with audience of all ages on topics ranging from diversity and inclusion to achieving “impossible” dreams. His amazing and uplifting story has taken him around the world, from corporations to colleges, grade schools to arenas. His message is the same: You can do anything in life that you put your mind to, despite the odds. For more information, call Dave 860-690-4877 or visit Dave’s web site at www.DaveStevensSpeaks.com.

 

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