Baseball took a back seat to making buddies Tuesday when 25 athletes with disabilities took to the field with the American Legion Mount Prospect Post 525 Bulldogs baseball squad to play ball.
The game was part of the 2015 Summer Classic at Friendship Park Conservatory in Des Plaines, sponsored by the Legion post and Northwest Special Recreation Association.
The event was conceived by post Cmdr. William Starr, Bulldogs manager Jeff Daniels, and NWSRA Superintendent Jayne Finger. The game gave athletes with disabilities a chance to compete alongside their non-disabled peers, providing valuable opportunities for awareness, empathy and fun competition.
Star said the Legion players realize they have been gifted with exceptional skills in the game, and there are individuals with physical and mental challenges who could benefit from a buddy relationship in a game situation.