Beep ball: a real field of dreams


POSTED: Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 9:20pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 4:06pm

Annette Edwards has a beautiful smile. One, many might be surprised she has after everything she has gone through. Saturday's event focused on Breast Cancer and Blind Awareness and unfortunately, Annette is all too familiar with both.

Her mother recently passed from breast cancer, and she herself is a cancer survivor.

"I lost my mother to breast cancer," Edwards said.

And when her son was just five the doctors found a brain tumor.

"Which left him blind," Edwards said. "But, John will be playing beep ball today."

"The beep baseball is a way for people with visual disabilities to play ball," said Mayor Barbara Bass.

Instead of a baseball, they use a softball size ball that -- beeps. They listen for the beeping to get louder and closer and that is how they know to hit the ball. And instead of running the bases two standing bases one at first and one at third make a noise signaling the batter to run in that direction. A point is earned by tackling the base instead of returning home.

Wayne Sibson has been blind for almost his entire life, but he does not let that stop him from enjoying life.

"You just have to build an adaption to make things work," Sibson said.

You could feel the strength, courage, and perserverence the second you walked onto the field Saturday.

"We understand that it is not just about us," Mayor Bass said. "It's about what we can do to help others."

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