Nonprofit wants disabled kids to experience baseball

JEFFERSON COUNTY - The world of sports may seem far away for some kids -- especially for those with disabilities. But, a nonprofit called Sports Made Possible wants all kids to enjoy the game of baseball.

"He does a lot of therapy. We a lot of activities and he goes to school and all of that, but this is the one thing that lets him go and be a kid," parent Erin Davis said.

Davis has a 6-year-old son Graham who suffers from a rare genetic disorder. Graham is one of 150 kids playing baseball on the Jason Jennings Adaptive Field in Jefferson County. Davis watches her son hit the ball and circle the bases. Not too long ago, she says, she was watching her son nearly die.

"About month ago, he had a massive seizure," Davis said. "He seized for over 22 minutes."

Todd Blakely is a board member with Sports Made Possible. He says the goal is get people with all physical, emotional or mental disabilities to believe they can play in a baseball game.

"From them getting to be a player rather a spectator," Blakely said. "Being out on the field, hitting the ball, fielding the ball. Just enjoying a game they see other kids playing."

Bea Ortiz coaches her daughter, Darian, and her teammates. Darian uses a wheelchair and has other developmental disabilities, as well.

"My daughter can compete and play ball and have fun," Ortiz said. "Everybody bats. Everybody runs the bases and everybody wins." 

The game are assisted by able-bodied volunteers. Saturday afternoon, students from Chatfield High School helped kids run the bases and play the field.

"I love baseball and watching and helping people that don't have the same abilities that we do," Shaymus Sweeney, Chatfield High School freshman, said. "Helping them enjoy the sport that we love."

Sports Made Possible runs the baseball league in partnership with the Foothills Park and Recreational District. If you want to find out more about Sports Made Possible, click here:

Davis says this experience gives her son, Graham, a bit of his childhood back.

"There's a lot he can't do and for this to be adapted for him and make it so that it's something where he can just come and play and be a kid, every kid deserves that," Davis said.

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