Evanston Baseball & Softball Association (EBSA) invites individuals with special needs to participate in the First Annual Evanston Buddy BasebALL League.

Buddy BasebALL provides the opportunity for individuals with a mental and/or physical disability to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. Mike Hamann, vice president of operations at EBSA, said Buddy BasebALL will help individuals learn teamwork, promote self-esteem, and have fun.

“Two of EBSA’s core values are that every child has the opportunity to play and to give back to the community. We feel that our Buddy BasebALL program accomplishes both of these by giving children with special needs a chance to play and by teaching our players the importance of giving back to the community,” said Mr. Hamann.

The EBSA Buddy BasebALL league will not charge any fees to participate, and tee shirts and ball caps will be provided for all players. Each player with special needs will be paired with an Evanston travel baseball player from EBSA’s 14U travel league, comprised of 14-year-old players. The target age group for individuals with special needs is 5-20 years old. The games will last approximately five innings and take place at 2 p.m. on Sundays in August at James Park Field 3.

Anyone who knows any players with special needs who are interested or who has questions can go to www.evanstonbaseball.com.