Wheaton Junior Woman’s Club is once again offering Buddy Baseball for children with any type of disability. The camp will include practices and scrimmage games with emphasis on improving baseball skills (i.e. catching, throwing, batting, running bases, etc). Pitched baseballs and T-ball stands will be used depending on each player’s ability. All athletes and buddies will receive a T-shirt and a baseball hat. Athletes and buddies must provide their own gloves.
The Buddy Baseball program utilizes the “buddy system”: Children with physical and mental disabilites are paired, if necessary, with a non-disabled buddy from our group of volunteers. The buddies are children of Wheaton Juniors, friends, and family of athletes. Our goal is to promote skill development, cooperation and the making of new friends.
The camp started in 1991 with 7 players and 11 buddies. In 2013, our club welcomed 60 players and more than 80 buddies. We are hoping for even more in the 2014 season! This project encompasses what it means to do service work for the community and is easily the most meaningful 5 weeks of the WJWC club calendar. Please come and join us this summer and see for yourself what Buddy Baseball is all about. We promise you will be glad you did!
If you have any questions or if you need further information, regarding registration, feel free to text/call Becky at (630) 461-5061 or email me at: Herbs109@aol.com.
THANK YOU! We hope to see you at the ballpark!
Wheaton Junior Woman’s Club
Rising Stars Buddy Baseball Chair
Who: Children with physical and mental disabilities, ages 5 and up
When: TUESDAYS – July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5th; 6:30-8:15 p.m.
Where:Briar Patch Park, Wheaton – Field #14
(west of the concession stand on Briarcliffe Blvd, between
Butterfield Rd. and 22nd St)
Fee: $15.00 per athlete. Buddies are free.
Please make checks payable to WJWC Charity Fund
REGISTER TODAY! (Follow the links below for your registration information)
"Ask any parent what they want most for their child, and they would probably answer something like 'I want he/she to be healthy and happy'. Ask any parent of a special needs child what they want most for their child and . . . they of course would want the same. As life unfolds for these special people we as parents, and community seek out opportunities for those goals. The Wheaton Jrs. Rising Star Buddy Baseball Program took on this mission 18 years ago. Seeking happiness for your child is a tricky thing . . . because it usually comes naturallly with a child's abilities/skills and involvement in different activities, building social relationships simultaneously. But . . . what about those individuals who don't have the ability/talent/skill/social contacts to create the happiness . . . the sense of belonging? Buddy Baseball has provided that "space" where people are people, welcomed unconditionally. Yes, everyone makes the team, you don't worry about who you're playing, you're thankful you have a coach, and all parents yell and scream on the sidelines for all the children . . . imagine that!!! Come see a game and witness the ear to ear smile on a nonambulatory child "running" to 1st base, or a child with a walker cross home plate, or hear my daughter yell to her brothers . . . "Boys, I did it, I did it", as she smacks the ball for the first time without use of the tee! Happiness is not what the scoreboard dictates, but what your heart feels as a founder, a coordinator, a coach, a photographer capturing the thrills, a parent, a grandparent, or a player when walking off the field. To us as parents nothing speaks louder then when our rather quiet, expressive language delayed "girly girl" says "I had fun" on our way to the ice cream parlor. Oh . . . and you think the players had fun, just ask a buddy what they feel . . . . . . . . happiness for all at a sporting event???....WOW. "
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