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Kids with disabilities get a chance to play ball

Buddy Ball is a baseball league that offers kids a chance to play who often times haven't been able to do so. Buddy Ball is a baseball league that offers kids a chance to play who often times haven't been able to do so.
The league is for 8 to 18 years old and are living with some type of physical or mental disability. The league is for 8 to 18 years old and are living with some type of physical or mental disability.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Buddy Ball, a brand new baseball league, kicked off this month in Poplar Bluff.

It's a league that offers kids a chance to play who often times haven't been able to do so.

Every Tuesday afternoon the buddy ball league brings around 32 kids to McLane Park in Poplar Bluff to play baseball as part of team.

It's not only a first for many of the players, but for their parents too.

The kids are 8 to 18 years old and are living with some type of physical or mental disability.

They pair up with a "buddy" to either help them bat, run the bases or catch a fly ball.

There's no score and everyone swings until they get a hit.

Coaches and parents say it's all about having fun.

Until this summer, Lorrie Busse has never seen her son, Karson, in uniform.

"It is just the most fabulous feeling because it was something that we have been waiting for for a long time,” she said.

Cheering from the stands, Busse gets to watch her son make plays and at the end of the day even more friends.

"It's really special and really fun,” said Busse.

She's not the only mom at the ballpark whose player is getting to do something for the first time.

Lisa Collins' son Trevor might be new at playing ball, but he doesn't show it.

The odds are stacked against a lot of these kids, but from the all of the smiles and high-fives you would never know it.

"It really kind of touches you in the heart when your kids actually gets to be part of a team and most of these kids have never been part of a team, he's never been part of a team. He has just had to watch his brother play,” said Collins.

Coaches say often times just being included in a team atmosphere is enough for them.

"The opportunity to be a part of a team and get that team experience and bonding with other kids and other parents, it is a really cool experience,” Leeza Edmundson said.

It is experience many of these kids hope continues on season after season.

The two teams meet every Tuesday. The league's last game will be July 14.

Organizers say they already have parents and players ready to sign up for next year.

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