CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A baseball program that provides more opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities is on its way to Cincinnati.
The alternative baseball program hopes to start training at the end of the month in Batavia.
“For all of us, it goes far beyond; it’s just a game. It’s about having an authentic experience and using the same rules as at Red Stadium, says Alternative Baseball Program Commissioner Taylor Duncan.
Duncan, 25, of Dallas, Georgia, says he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was four years old.
In 2016, he felt so passionate about creating a typical team experience for others on the autism spectrum and special needs; he formed his own team.
The program began as a team of six. But now the organization is able to field 80 teams in 34 states by the end of the year.
“We unite a community together, especially certain sections of the disability spectrum who may not feel they have anything else to go to because they feel there is not enough to meet their needs properly,” Duncan said.
Taylor’s goal is to inspire, raise awareness and acceptance of autism and special needs worldwide through baseball.
The Atlanta Braves honored the alternative baseball organization in 2019 as a community hero.
Now part of Duncan’s vision is centered on Cincinnati, adding more players to the roster and volunteers.
“To where you may not have the best days on the diamond. Some days you will do it, and some days you will definitely not do it, but it’s all about how you handle the lessons you have learned through the experience, Duncan tells FOX19.
Lessons made possible through a program, all because Duncan had the vision of breaking barriers through a game he loves so much, and fostering friendship along the way.
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