Baseball is a game for everyone, and “The League of Yes” on Long Island makes sure everyone can play. This week, one young man, Billy, a baseball player with Down syndrome, hit a home run and celebrated all the way back to the plate. As of Thursday afternoon, the video had more than 2 million views and 17,000 reactions.
Watch his celebration dance at the end of this video. You won’t be able to help but smile.
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Posted by Kristine Squitieri Fitzpatrick on Saturday, April 28, 2018
Kristine Fitzpatrick started the League of YES in 2010. The club gives kids of all ages with special needs the opportunity to play a game they love. Fitzpatrick says they have over 1400 volunteers that help about 300 kids play baseball.
So many kids that have disabilities are looked at differently and Fitzpatrick says We want to show the world that our special-needs community needs to have play in their lives,”. “I can tell you story after story of children’s experience of their joy to play on a team and also the confidence they have been building on and off the field.”
She hopes that the video shows you can be friends with special needs children, and the fun and enjoyment is never ending.