We recently had the greatest opportunity!! Our kids are not huge sports fans, but they like playing catch and swinging the bat on occasion. We are trying to expose them to as many opportunities as we possibly can. We want them to know what is out there, both the good and the bad. But this was something that we were even looking forward to doing with them.
The local minor league baseball team The Toledo Mudhens, which is also the farm team for the Detroit Tigers, hosted a special needs baseball camp. I knew our kids wouldn't enjoy a full out week-long baseball camp. But to get to experience being on the ball field for just a few hours sounded like such great fun!
The price was right, at only $25.00 per kid and they each received a game ticket for the game later that day plus a t-shirt that said "Future Mudhen 2016". So we dug out the ball gloves, grabbed the sunglasses and sunscreen and headed out.
It turned out to be a very, very warm day. It was the warmest day of the year so far. Very sunny. So we were prepared with water and sunscreen. The registration was easy and we got our name tags.
Joe and I were out on the field with them. Each child needed a parent or guardian with them to help them out on the field.
Brayden really got into it. He even wanted to take the pitchers place and throw the ball in. He will never admit it to us, but he did have fun.
There were 4 players from the team spread throughout 3 different stations. They encouraged the kids in their hitting and throwing skills.
It was pretty amazing to be standing on the field behind home plate.
When we were done on the field, the kids were able to get autographs. Each child got an autograph ball also.
We had a lot of fun, and the kids did too. What a great experience, even though they are not major sports fans. This is something they will not forget. I hope we get a chance to do this again next year!