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More than 50 local children with special needs got drafted onto 10 teams that are part of the Warrior League of Las Cruces and will get to play tee ball this fall.
During the draft, which took place Aug. 14, at Presley Askew Field on the New Mexico State University campus, the young players had their names announced, received colorful team T-shirts and caps and high-fived their way down a welcome line that included team sponsors and NMSU assistant baseball coach Keith Michael Zuniga and members of the New Mexico State University Aggie baseball team.
The league was created and is sponsored by Revolution 120 nonprofit, with support from Hawk Home Run Club, NMSU baseball and the Las Cruces Youth Baseball Association.
More than 50 players of all ages, both boys and girls, were drafted onto teams sponsored by The Game, Day One Home Visiting program, Allen Theatres, American Linen, Sisbarro Auto World, L & P Building Supplies, Ashley Furniture, Tots Early Intervention program, Del Valle Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation and Kimberly Skaggs of Las Cruces, a Republican candidate for New Mexico State House of Representatives, District 36.
Draft day ended with an exhibition game between the teams sponsored by Ashley Furniture and Kimberly Skaggs.
The Warrior League is a tee-ball league for children with special needs in grades one through six.
The league was formed “to allow every child the joy of participating in sports despite their skill or capabilities,” said Revolution 120 founder Marci Dickerson. “Every child deserves the positive experience of participating in sports,” Dickerson said. “They deserve the sheer joy of running to home base, hitting a ball and hearing (their) team and parents cheer for (them).”
“I’m there to help,” said David Reyes, one of the Warrior League coaches, who is a part of the special education program at Vista Middle School in Las Cruces.
The league, he said, will give participating children a chance to “play and have fun.”
League teams will play every Sunday, September through November at Presley Askew Field.
Contact Dickerson at email@example.com.