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FORT WORTH Myles Eckert is the little boy who has inspired a new movement to 'pay it forward.'

Myles, who is eight years old, found $20 in an Ohio parking lot, then gave it to a soldier he'd never met... simply because he served our nation.

On Saturday, Myles visited Fort Worth to support Snowball Express, an organization helping the families of service members.

We caught up with Myles at LaGrave Field, where he served as bat boy at a very special softball game. The contest was about much more than who wins and who loses it was all about the men on the field and their winning attitude in life.

Once the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team takes the field, the scars of battle are barely noticeable.

Their softball team squared off against a team of celebrity athletes in Fort Worth that included former NFL player David Vibora.

'We kind of use the words 're-calibrated carnivore,' you know, because a lot of these guys they will tell you they may have been wounded, but they're not wounded... they're healed now,' Vibora said. 'Absolutely the most resilient people on the planet.'

Saturday's double-header included some current and former NFL players taking on a group of veterans and some active duty soldiers who have lost arms or legs in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Modern prosthetic technology lets them hit, run, catch throw, and compete.

Zach Briseno said since learning to use his prosthetic limbs, playing on the team has been better than any medicine.

'You help each other through it, and for me, this has been one of the biggest therapies to be with these guys and travel,' he said.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Edgar Jones was impressed. 'It's amazing the personalities they have... just how free spirited they are, despite the circumstances and things they went through,' he said.

Many of the players first bonded in the hospital or in physical therapy. 'We come across a lot of people who never thought that we could be an athlete again,' Briseno said, 'but here we are proving everybody wrong.'

March marks three years of Wounded Warrior tournaments. With 99 victories and just 47 losses they prove that no matter they lost in battle, they never lose the will to play and win.

E-mail cwade@wfaa.com

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