DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — It’s an exciting feeling to be out to the ball game, watch as bases are loaded and it’s fun when kids get to play the game too.
But being out on the diamond is something kids with disabilities were not getting a chance to do.
“He’s been saying ever since I told him,” said mom Samantha Nelson. “Jackson you want to play ball? He goes, I get to play ball now? And he says I get to play ball now? And I tell him yes Jackson you get to play.”
“I feel like we’ve left them out,” said Bianca Crouse, President of the Denison Youth Sports. “And I want to incorporate them back into the game of baseball.”
Buddy Ball is the new program for kids with disabilities, put together by Denison Youth Sports, it’s the second time they’ve had this type of program. The first one cut short from COVID-19.
“Pulling some more things out for these kids with disabilities,” said Nelson. “Because they are capable of doing things, disabilities don’t stop you.”
And the kids are excited to finally get their turn at bat, after watching in the stands in support.
“it’s exciting for me and my cousin to be playing together,” said Kase Smarr, who is planning to play this year. “Because we usually have to watch our siblings play because we can’t play sports.”
“He’s nine now, and he has siblings and they’re all playing ball,” said Nelson. “And he’s constantly ‘mom I wanna play ball, I wanna play ball, I wanna do this, and I wanna do that.'”
And Crouse says she would like to see more sports like soccer and basketball added on in the future.
“I would love to grow the program,” said Crouse. “So we named it Buddy Ball to leave it out there for any type of sport.”
“I’ve watched my whole life,” said Smarr. “I’ve wanted to play major league football before, but then I can’t.”
Buddy Ball is set for kids ages 5 to 16 and sign ups start Wednesday February 1st.