School’s out and the summer fun is in motion. Kids are excited and already attending a variety of camps for music, swimming, science, church, sports and others. Families with special needs children, whether mental or physical needs, can register children for the Altus baseball/softball summer sports program “A League of their own.”
Emily Bush, an occupational therapist and owner of Fun to Functional Therapy PLLC, works with children in Southwest Oklahoma.
“A league of their own is not a new idea,” Bush said. “Lawton, Wichita Falls and Elk City all have miracle leagues which originated in Georgia in the year 2000. The miracle league serves children and adults who suffer from a physical or mental disability to participate in baseball. Before we can use their name and logo, a community must raise enough donations to build the field. In our area there is a need, so I said why wait until we have the money and decided to start a summer sports program in Altus.”
Bush attend a recent City of Altus Recreation Committee or ARAC meeting and was granted the request to use the Missile Park baseball fields to host baseball/softball games 9-11 a.m. Saturdays from July 9 through July 30. It is open to special needs students, ages 3 to 18, and will serve as a pilot program to help plan future sports activities. Each participant must pre-register and pay a $25 registration fee. Each player will have a “buddy” to accompany him or her running the bases and serve as cheerleader and mentor.
The program, referees, and the concession stand will be manned by community volunteers, family members and friends. Financial donations are needed to help purchase equipment, pay for T-shirts, trophies and concession stand items.
Anyone wanting to pre-register a student or to volunteer or donate can contact Bush at 580-471-4344 or at [email protected] A nonprofit bank account has been set up at Frazer Bank in Altus.
Bush’s long-term goal is to gather additional volunteers and raise enough money to build a field and offer other sports such as basketball and bowling.
Reach Mary O. Esparza 580-482-1221 ext. 2077.