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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Opening Day at Challenger League Baseball!

We decided to move Nash to Challenger League Baseball this year, as he is 7, and the 2nd grade baseball teams get more intense. He can hit the ball, catch, but outfield is tougher for him as he wants to socialize, not play. This is a great opportunity to emerge our family into more of a diverse experience socially and athletically for Nash.

So today was fun meeting new people (as the Challenger League is in another school district) and seeing current friends that are included in Nash's elementary school. Its also a great experience for Nash as he isn't around many other kids with all kinds of abilities, and seeing kids in wheelchairs, braces, and crutches was good for him. He would point, say "Look mommy" and I would explain what the wheelchair was used for and chat with the child and parent, he would then say hi to the child.

We got to meet Carl Erskine (Brooklyn Dodgers) and his son, Jimmy, who has Down syndrome as Mr. Erskine lives in Indiana and was the Parade Grand Marshal. Jimmy threw out the first pitch! Mr. Erskin used to be a client of the licensing company I worked for, so I was able to chat about that and also being on the board of the Indiana Down syndrome Foundation.Here are some pics of the day.

Nash and Daddy, buddies

Nash and his buddy Cade who goes to Nash's elementary school too

Carl Erskine and son Jimmy.

Jimmy, Carl Erskine, Nash and BigDawg

Nash hit the ball the first time, ran to first, and here he is running to second with a 4th grade buddy. I got the "go away Mommy" when I approached him for a picture. He loves these older boys!


mum2brady said...

How cool! WTG on your hit and base running Nash!!! Hope you have a great season!

Little Miss E said...

That is awesome! Great pictures!

AZ Chapmen said...

look like nash had fun I wish I could come see his games

Nicole said...

I LOVE the pictures! Nash and Jeff are such twins. We are doing Miracle League too. :) So fun!