CLEVELAND – A local baseball coach in Cleveland was honored with an EPSY Award, honoring top sports artists, whether professionals or amateurs, for going beyond 2020 by helping the disabled play the game they love.
“Yes, just because you have a disability does not mean the game is over. It just means you have to find a new way to play it, ”said Jeff Dell.
Dell, who is legally blind, made sure his disability didn’t stop him and the rest of the Cleveland Scrappers, a nonprofit pipe baseball team for the blind and partially sighted, from playing the game they love.
Like many things in 2020, the baseball team was stopped, and this year Dell knew he had to do something to guarantee that the team would return.
He applied for a scholarship to buy equipment so that his team could stay engaged and connected.
“And these people really helped me find myself and figure out what I could do,” he said.
For his efforts, he was awarded an honorary ESPY from ESPN Cleveland.
“It simply came to our notice then. As I know you, I’m lost for words there. When you look at sports and look at things like adaptive sports, you look at what abilities people have versus what they cannot do. We’re looking at what we can do. And with adaptations, we can do whatever others can do, ”Dell said.
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