Louisiana Athlete Steps Up to the Plate

sdadddddddOn February 12th, 2017 Special Olympics Louisiana hosted the first ever unified baseball clinic within the state. Word got out about the clinic, and the mother of one athlete wanted her son, Riley, to participate in any way possible. Riley however, is unable to walk on his own without the assistance of his crutches that give him support. SOLA staff members worked to figure out the best way to get Riley involved. As the clinic began, Riley participated in catch when sitting on a bench, but that wasn’t enough. Riley wanted to bat. He started off seated, but the bench was restricting Riley’s swing. With a few attempts and a coach stationed behind him for support, Riley stood on his own and swung a baseball bat. This was Riley’s first time participating in a Special Olympics event, and he had a blast! Since the baseball clinic Riley has gone on to participate in bowling and volleyball competitions. Riley’s determination is what Special Olympics and Unified Sports is all about!

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