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Buddy League seeks 'buddies' for special needs baseball players

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:07 p.m. CDT
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From left: Friends Andres Garcia and Sami Mirabelli are two members of Berwyn's Buddy League baseball program through the Berwyn Park District and the Berwyn Recreation Department. The park district and the recreation department is again co-sponsors of Buddy Baseball this summer, which pairs kids with special needs with buddy volunteers to play a sport everyone loves. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Alissa O'Donnell at 708-228-1241.

BERWYN – For all the armchair pitchers, catchers, fielders and coaches, all those who believe that winning is the only thing and there's no such thing as fun in baseball, the Buddy League is not for you. If you are all those things, but believe that fun is the most important element of the game, here's you're chance to have a good time.

The Buddy League, founded to provide softball opportunities for children with special needs, is looking for volunteers that will be matched up with a special needs child from kindergarten through fifth grade to help them with the fundamentals on the ball field.

The five-week program begins May 18, and runs through June, with games each Sunday, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Proksa Park, 30012 Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn.

Those interested can volunteer for as many games as they want. Those interested should Contact Alissa O'Donnell at 708-228-1241.

Shirts, hats and trophies will be given to all participants. Uniforms and equipment will be donated by the Berwyn Recreation Department.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Berwyn Recreation Department, Berwyn Park District, Berwyn Little League and the Berwyn Pony League.

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