FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | March 3, 2018
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation Hosts Free Adapted Baseball Game for Visually Impaired Children and Their Families
Beeping ball and bases create special adaptation of America's favorite pastime
LAS VEGAS – On Saturday, March 3, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) will host its annual Beep Baseball game, an adaptive version of America’s favorite pastime with some special concessions made for children with visual impairments. The free event, open to any children in Southern Nevada with visual impairments and their families, will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Paseo Verde Park in Henderson, and features the adapted baseball game and a special picnic.
The game of Beep Baseball is played similarly to baseball but uses different frequencies of buzzing or ‘beeping’ to allow children with visual impairments to play by auditory processing. Four-foot padded cylinder “bases” contain sounding units that give off a buzzing sound when activated. Once the ball is hit off a t-stand, the base operator activates one of the bases and the runner must identify the correct buzzing base using his/her auditory senses, and run to it before the ball is fielded by a defensive player. If the runner is safe, a run is scored. If players in the outfield reach the ball first, they hold it up in the air for the out.
“To find ways of adapting regular events so that our VI kids can participate is at the heart of everything we do at NBCF,” explains Executive Director Emily Smith. “There’s no reason our kids can’t do things that their sighted peers can, especially in a recreational format. Our programs are designed specifically to encourage them to try new things and experience the world around them, but in a safe and adapted way.”
For more information and to register for the event visit nvblindchildren.org/specialevents
About Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
Founded in 2006, by Kevin and Toni Spilsbury, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to improving the lives of Southern Nevada children, ages 0-22, who are visually impaired. NBCF provides comprehensive services for children and their families including: advocacy, family support, health services, education and adaptive recreation programs, and employment for visually impaired and blind adults.
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation’s programs and services are provided through the generous support of individual and corporate donors. For more information about Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation visit www.nvblindchildren.org.
Mission: Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation provides the essential building blocks including extended educational curriculum, extracurricular activities, social opportunities, and transitional skills to children who are visually impaired.