Special needs children inspire volunteers

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SAVANNAH, Tenn. – There are no outs, umpire or score in this softball game. Everyone gets to hit the ball when the step up to the plate. Teams are spilt up red versus blue. But everyone is rooting for each other. “You can see in their eyes. There’s a freedom to the way they look when they hit the ball, ” said league administrator Charlie Cromwell. Welcome to the ‘Field of Friends.’ A league where the playing field is equal. “I like to hit,” smiled 21-year old Kasey Foust. Foust is one of 26 special needs children playing in Savannah every Wednesday. Word has gotten around quickly about Field of Friends. There’s a new player every week. “We’re going to be able to do it again in the fall,” Bobbie Boroughs said. “I expect to get even more kids then because they have enjoyed it so much.” Boroughs and volunteers say the first year is a success because of the community. “The crowds have been amazing. I didn’t expect that much support,” Boroughs added. “The kids absolutely love the community support.” Field of friends is completely free and gives out hats and jerseys to each child.

The league is throwing an awards party on Wednesday, June 17 for all the players and volunteers.

For more information about Field of Friends, visit http://www.shelteringtree.org.

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