A league of extraordinary buddies
BERWYN – There’s nothing surprising about a kid wanting to play baseball in the summertime. Samantha “Sam” Mirabelli just wanted to be like her older brother and sister and join in the fun. But for the 7-year-old with Down syndrome, that wasn’t possible until the “Buddy League” came to Berwyn.
Every Sunday in May and June, 16 kids in kindergarten through fifth grade suit up for T-Ball at Proksa Park from 4 to 5 p.m. The first two Sundays the kids focused on the game’s fundamentals. For the rest of the eight-week season, they split into two teams and played the great American game. They eventually will end the season with passing out Trophies and a celebratory pizza party.
It all started with Samantha’s mother, Deb Mirabelli, responding to her little girl’s dream to play ball like the other kids.
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