NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland School for the Blind is teaming up with the Baltimore Orioles and the League of Dreams to host a beep baseball game for students who are blind or low vision. The event will be held on the campus of the Maryland School for the Blind on Wednesday, September 8 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Beep baseball, an adapted form of baseball, is designed for individuals who are blind or visually impaired, but can also be played by sighted individuals. Participants wear eyeshades to completely block their vision, ensuring all players are on a level playing field. The baseball is embedded with an audio device so that players can locate the ball during both defensive and offensive play.
MSB students will have the opportunity to play the game with representatives from the Baltimore Orioles and the League of Dreams, including Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Mike Bordick. The Oriole Bird and the MSB Bee mascots will also be on hand to join in the fun.
As a statewide resource center, The Maryland School for the Blind provides outreach, educational and residential services for students from birth to age 21 who are blind or low vision, including those with multiple disabilities. MSB serves approximately 1,200 students annually throughout all 24 Maryland jurisdictions.
The League of Dreams is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide all individuals, regardless of physical or mental capacity, the opportunity to experience the joy, challenges & personal growth from playing the great games of baseball & softball. The organization partners on youth projects with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, who partially funded the baseball field at MSB.
“This event is a unique opportunity for our students to improve their athletic skills and learn the great game of baseball from representatives of our home town team, the Baltimore Orioles, and our friends at the League of Dreams,” said MSB Superintendent W. Robert Hair. “It also allows these wonderful community partners to experience the game from a different perspective.”
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