Thursday, March 27, 2014

Swing Batter Batter!!! SWING!!!

This is my DONOmite!!! He has Autism and he loves baseball!  Well he loves to bat up and run the bases, but don't we all!!!! I know I loved it!!! Being at bat, waiting for the pitch and preparing my body for the swing!  BING!!! The sound of the bat kissing the ball! Throwing that bat and running as fast as my legs could take me.  I wanted to make it all the way home!!!! I get it!!!! 

Two summers ago, while watching my nephew play at little league, Dono showed interest in the sport.  I quickly began to find a place for him.  Finding one in the Bronx proved difficult.  I was told about a Miracle League up in Westchester.  I quickly signed him up!  

Dono came alive, he wore a smile from ear to ear!!! He did really well with throwing the ball, catching was a little difficult for him, but he hung in there.  Batting up, most kids were using the Tee Ball Set, but Donovan wanted no part of it.  He wanted to bat up, and have the ball pitched to him.  He looked like a natural batting up.  He knew exactly how to hold the bat and wait for the ball! 

Here he is batting up.  He refused to use the Tee Ball set!  He yelled at the volunteer "Mr. Man Mr. Man throw the ball to me!" 
He waited patiently for the pitch.  Patience is something Dono has very little of! LOL But he was a champ! There went the pitch, Swing and BING!!! He made contact with the ball! he threw the bat and went for it!!! I was in shock!!! Dono was running the bases like a champ!!!!

BING!  and off he goes, to run the bases!!! 
My Donomite was Running Home! and I was overjoyed.  Everyone cheered him on.  He made it and was welcomed with high fives and cheers!!!!

After the game, we asked Dono if he had fun.  He said in his Dono voice "YEP".  I asked do you want to come back? and he replied "Nope".  I was confused.  So I asked, why not.  He said "I want to play real baseball" There you have it!!!! 

At that moment, I didn't understand what he meant, by real baseball.  But it suddenly hit me.  Dono wanted to play on a field with grass and dirt with other players.  My mind began to race and so I began my mission, to find a setting where my DONOmite could play "Real Baseball".

I started to think of ways to to make it happen.  Then a light bulb went off.  I reached out to the Bronxchester Little League, and they welcomed my idea of the Bronxchester Challenger Program with open arms!!! 

Now here I am I have 60 kids in total registered and I am hosting my 4th Annual Autistic Kids Rock event and all funds raised will cover costs of Equipment, uniforms and fees!!! 

Help me Help these Ausome Children play "REAL BASEBALL"!!! Now accepting online donations!!!

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