Beepball provides opportunity for visually impaired to play ball

Beepball provides opportunity for visually impaired to play ball

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Growing up it is a sport many played.

Maybe you played in a back yard, a church league, or maybe you just played catch with a parent. Unfortunately not everyone has had that opportunity.

That is where beep baseball comes in. 

Everything is roughly the same, with one key exception, every player on the field is blindfolded. 

"It's difficult to get a hold of the listening especially for people who are fully sighted putting the blindfold on for the first time, it's scary," said Blake Boudreaux, President of the National Beep Baseball Association. "Running full speed, not knowing where you're going is terrifying."

The College Station Bears that Care came from across the state to play in this years 4th Annual Alstrom Angels Beepball Tournament. The entire team is made up of players who are visually impaired.

"A lot of people see it as a fun recreational activity, and it can be, what we're doing this weekend is fun," Boudreaux said. "It's a good time, people who are sighted get a taste of what it's like and it brings awareness and other things but for an individual who loses their sight and loses the ability to do certain things, loses their independence in a lot of ways it gives them the confidence they need, not only on the field but in life."

Joining the team for his first year of Beep Baseball is Juan Munoz.

"I got a taste of the competitiveness as I've come to learn the sport and it's a lot of fun," Munoz said. "Even within our own teams we have competitions for fielding and things like that for who can get the put outs so just to be able to get that fire, that drive to feel that energy from your team mates, it just pushes you to work harder and to be better and to be able to use all the skills and the tools that you have to succeed."

While the tournament is a competition, for Cassie Johnston it is about the money raised for research that helps people like her daughter Bryce who has Alstrom Syndrome.

"This is a great way for us to bring awareness to Alstrom, the vision impairment side of it, but to help all other kids in our community and adults who have vision impairment raise awareness for them as well and to do it in a fun way," Johnston said. 

If you were unable to attend this years event but would still like to donate to the Alstrom Angels, you can do so at their website.

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