New Keystone baseball league to help special children play ball

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 10:44 p.m.
For more than 30 years, the Keystone Recreation Association has focused on making athletic activities available for children in the Lake Region.
This year, to celebrate its 30-year anniversary at McDavid Park, the association is extending its services to yet more children in the area.
It's hoping to put together a special baseball division for both physically and mentally challenged youngsters.
"This is a group of children who may have never had a chance to play organized sports," explained Bruce Harvin, KRA president.
"Since it's always been the mission of KRA to get as many kids involved in sports as possible, this is a natural extension of our league."
The Buddy Division, a nationally recognized division of Babe Ruth League Inc., is open to boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 19.
Accommodations are made to ensure that all children - no matter how challenged - can play.
The new division gets its names from the "buddies" assigned to challenged children, if needed, to help them field, hit or pitch the ball. The teams consist of nine players.
"I am excited about the chance to include more children in our league," said Paula Neimeyer, association board member.
"We want to invite every child who ever wanted to play on a sports team but thought they couldn't to come out for these teams."
The Keystone Recreation Association currently is trying to assess whether there is enough community interest to support a Buddy Division.
The association also is looking for a few adults willing to supervise the division and coach the teams.
If you are interested in helping create this special league, please call Neimeyer at 475-5671 or e-mail her at

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