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 on Saturday, March 3. The free event is open to any children in Southern Nevada with visual impairments and their families and features the adapted baseball game and a special picnic. It will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Paseo Verde Park in Henderson, 1851 Paseo Verde Pkwy.
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 visually impaired kids can participate is at the heart of everything we do at the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation,” explains Emily Smith, NBCF executive director. “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 www.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 nonprofit 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 life skills and employment training for visually impaired and blind young 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.
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