Watch a game and join in the fun as kids with special needs are paired with buddies play ball on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Players with special needs, buddies, coaches, volunteers, families and fans will come together to celebrate the 100th Saturday of playing Buddy Baseball on Saturday, October 22nd. Along with guest game announcer Dave Wills from the Tampa Bay Rays radio broadcast team, Rays players Jake Odorizzi and Corey Dickerson and Raymond will join in the festivities. The USF men’s baseball team and women’s softball team will also be attending.
Buddy Baseball will have a full schedule of baseball games with the National Anthem sung by “Soaring Sounds.” The Brink Foundation, a private Tampa based family foundation to promote social justice and equality is the title sponsor.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the community support for this milestone event for our league,” said Russ Oberbroeckling, executive director of Buddy Baseball. “We encourage everyone to come out and experience a game to see the joy this league brings to kids who are now able to participate in a team sport in a setting where their special and unique needs are understood and embraced.”
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Appearance by the Tampa Bay Rays players, broadcaster and Mascot – 11:00 a.m.
Temple Terrace Parks & Recreation – Family Recreation Complex
(Fields located behind Lewis Elementary) – 6700 Whiteway Drive, Temple Terrace, FL 33617
Free activities include:
- Hamburger and hot dog cook out
- Kettle corn and ice cream
- Kid’s activities
- Temple Terrace Fire Department Trucks
- Race Cars
- Face painter and balloon artist
- Busch Gardens raffle prize
ABOUT BUDDY BASEBALL
Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls ages 8 to 22 with special needs. Each player is paired with a buddy to assist on the field and in the dugout. Buddy Baseball’s inaugural season began October 2009 through a dedicated group of volunteers attracting 36 players and 38 buddies to form six teams. Since then, Buddy Baseball has accomplished more than was ever imaginable on and off the field. At the start of the 15th season in October 2016, the league has grown to: 88 Players, 93 Buddies, 50 Coaches, 14 Teams and over 90 different schools participating from five counties.
Facebook: Buddy Baseball
Phone: (813) 416-5742