Nine-year-old second baseman Hugh Basden, who has cerebral palsy, gets an assist at the plate from dad Tim.
The Lafayette Little League Challenger baseball team comprises disabled children coping with a physical/mental condition. Every year the Little League World Series invites two teams, chosen from a nationwide pool, to participate and this year our division was chosen.
These kids have special travel requirements. Some cannot travel by air and there are special requirements for each child. Each one also needs more than one adult traveling with them to provide optimal care. This is literally a once-in-a-lifetime chance for these kids to attend and play in this World Series and they need to raise funds to make this dream come true.
On July 15, the Acadiana Cane Cutters baseball team has a game. A portion of the $8 ticket price will be donated to the kids but only if tickets are bought through a Challenger division representative, not at the baseball field itself. Go to the Lafayette Little League Challenger team's site here to learn more about the kids, to buy tickets, or support some other way. If you have a business that wants to sponsor this is the place to go as well.
"If I regarded my life from the point of view of the pessimist, I should be undone. I should seek in vain for the light that does not visit my eyes and the music that does not ring in my ears. I should beg night and day and never be satisfied. I should sit apart in awful solitude, a prey to fear and despair. But since I consider it a duty to myself and to others to be happy, I escape a misery worse than any physical deprivation." - Helen Keller
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