I am really proud to share some information about a project in my hometown, Grove City, Ohio. The Grove City Little League Board is conducting fundraising that will assist the League with building a “Dream Field.” This Dream Field will enable children with special needs to play baseball just like so many of our children did. Each of our seven children have played baseball and/or softball over the years and my grandson has been playing baseball for a few years now as well.
The Dream Field touches a special place in my heart because it reminds me of someone very dear to me – my mother. My mother isn’t a child and she isn’t going to be able to participate as she passed away many years ago. What my mother had in common with these special needs children is the desire to “play ball” like all the other kids. You see, my mother was confined to a wheelchair pretty much her entire life. She could walk with the assistance of crutches, but it was cumbersome and painful. However, my mother never let her “handicap” stand in the way of her enjoying and experiencing life.
My mother lived in a time when accessibility was just beginning to be talked about in towns across America. In spite of all that, she was optimistic and lived life passionately. All the little things in life that we “normal” people take for granted, were just absolutely amazing to her. I remember going bowling with my mom as a little girl. She got permission from the owners of the bowling alley to use her wheelchair in their lanes. She was literally like a kid in a candy shop! I wish you could have seen how thrilled she was to be bowling.
My mom’s not here anymore, but her spirit lives on in our hearts. I know for certain that if she were, she would be so excited about the Dream Field and she’d encourage everyone she knew to contribute to help make this dream come true. If you want to contribute, you can visit the Grove City Little League’s website here.