Nevada Blind Children's Foundation

Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation Beeper Baseball Game

Published On October 21, 2013 | By Toni Spilsbury | Charity, Community

My son has a baseball game” are words that I didn’t think I would ever be able to say.

Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation has changed that, however, for myself and many other Southern Nevada parents of children who are visually impaired. The 4th Annual Beeper Baseball game was held Saturday, October 19th at Miracle League field and proved to be our best game yet!

With the help of some ingenious technology, children who are blind or visually impaired play baseball with a group of sighted peers who are blind-folded. Once the player hits the beeping baseball, they run to a “base” which is actually a five-foot padded base that beeps to guide children safely to it. If the player reaches the beeping base before someone in the outfield finds the beeping ball, they’ve scored a run.

Nevada Blind Children's Foundation Beeper Baseball

Cassidy Spilsbury up to bat blind-folded playing against brother, Conner Spilsbury who is totally blind

 

Sound like fun? The children, both sighted and visually impaired, have a blast as it raises awareness for children with vision in addition to “evening the playing field” for children with visual impairments.

Next year’s game is set to be in September so please check the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation website at nvblindchildren.org for dates, as anyone is welcome to attend and cheer the children on. Better yet, if you want more information on how to support the foundation and these types of programs, visit the website and select GIVE.

 

NBCF Beeper Baseball

Registration is open for Beeper Baseball for Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation

 

Talented Niki White, who is blind, sings National Anthem before game

Talented Niki White, who is blind, sings National Anthem before game

 

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NBCF Beeper Baseball

T-shirts and Braille hats are still on sale at NBCF

 

Blind-folded outfielders wait patiently to for beeping ball to be hit their way

Blind-folded outfielders wait patiently for beeping ball to be hit their way

 

Rocco successfully finds the beeping baseball

Rocco successfully finds the beeping baseball

 

Connor Spilsbury scores his first "out"

Connor Spilsbury scores his first “out”

 

Foundation Director and coach for the day, Lori Moroz-White gives the players some pointers

Foundation Director and coach for the day, Lori Moroz-White gives the players some pointers

 

Final score, 11-7 Wild Ladybugs

Final score, 11-7 Wild Ladybugs

 

The final score was 11-7 with the Wild Ladybugs as the winners… again!  After the game, the parents, volunteers and staff of Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation played one inning.

NBCF Founder, Kevin Spilsbury, scores a point for the team but then fumbles in the outfield

NBCF Founder, Kevin Spilsbury, scores a point for the team but then fumbles in the outfield

 

The Miracle League

The Miracle League

 

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About The Author

Toni Spilsbury is a blogger, brand strategist and social media producer in addition to being a philanthropist and mother…. but not in that order. From busy corporate gal to even busier mom of four, one with special needs, Toni established an online connection with today’s on-the-go moms as someone who understands the unique demands of working moms. In 2005, Toni co-founded the Nevada Blind Children Foundation and began working to build the first school for the blind in Nevada. With a passion for cooking, creating her own recipes and a desire to merge her family life and career, Toni wrote a book The Organized Cook in 2009 before embarking on a journey through branding, blogging, social media and e-commerce that gained her an insight and passion for the unique niche of content-driven e-commerce. Toni’s second book, Because of Connor, is due out in late 2013 which gives readers an insight into the unique struggle of life’s ups and downs when set against the backdrop of caring for and coming to grips with a severely medically fragile son.

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