There's a misconception that some kids just aren't able to step up to the proverbial sports plate.
"For a child that has special needs a lot of people think they can't do things," parent of special needs child Amy Bacon said.
Not true. Southwest Georgia special needs children spent Saturday morning enjoying America's past time the way every child should.
By getting out there and doing. They ran the bases, fielded balls, scored runs and, of course, they wereâ|
"Swinging the bat...I mean hitting the ball," Buddy Ball player Kyle Lindsey said.
Events like Albany's Buddy Ball put the perspective back into the game...meaning it should be fun, but it also gives so much more than just a good 'ole fashion game of ball to kids like Kyle.
"The social skills that come along with itâ|the athletics that come with it. Just being a part of something that's bigger and doing something fun," Albany Parks and Recreation spokesperson Robyn Fink said.
"To get out in the outdoors (is great), but to have something organized like this is fantastic for the kidsâ|they love it," Bacon said.
All for the love of the game.
"These kids are awesome they can get out and enjoy events just like any other child whether it's basketball whether it's wheelchair racing whether it's a simple baseball game. It doesn't matter what it is," Bacon said.
What does matter is that every kid at Paul Eames Park was a winner meaning the present day was a success, and there will be more special events like this one in the future.
"Who knows we may expand from here to buddy ball, and then basketball, kickball. Who knows what's next but this will not be the last time that we do this," Fink added.