Special Needs Baseball Tip-off

7 Eyewitness News Staff

A summer baseball league for a very special group of very special kids tipped-off its season, Thursday evening.

Special Needs Athletics held its tip-off for the Special Needs Baseball League at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.

Children and their parents gathered for the opening games of the league. Organizers said about 300 kids were participating in the league this year. The league started in 2009 and is a way for the parents of special needs children to get them involved in sports, no matter their disability.

"As a mother I can't even explain her first game when she went out there and hit that ball and made that first run, I could not," said Diane Warren, mother and participant with her daughter, Alissa. "I was so overwhelmed with joy and so proud that my daughter had a chance through special needs athletics to get out there and have a chance to play."

Games will take place every Thursday until July 5 and will be held at the West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex.


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