Beautiful People Baseball Sponsorship
June 14, 2016
Adaptive Sports Programs
Many people don’t know this but our President and CEO Peter Ladka is also the founder of Hudson Valley non-profit Beautiful People, Adaptive Sports, The Orange County Chapter of Miracle League. Founded in 2006 their mission is the build bridges between children with special needs, their families, and the broader community of Orange County, NY by providing opportunities to participate in team activities like baseball, basketball, and soccer.
Peter’s the type of person who sees something, and actually takes action to do something about it. Now a father of 5, he was out playing catch with his oldest daughter back in 2006, and noticed that there were a couple of children at the park that couldn’t play like the rest of the kids. It opened his eyes and inspired him to get involved and within a few short weeks he found Miracle League and started a chapter in Orange County.
Beginning with an adaptive baseball program, Peter funded the organization for the first two years as it grew, and it now provides services to over 200 children in Orange Country. No matter what their situation is, they can participate in these sports, have fun, and just be kids. There are many ways to get involved, if you are looking for an amazing volunteer opportunity, or would like to donate, visit the website here.
Who Does This Support?
Over 60% of the children, teens, and young adults who participate are on the autism spectrum and others suffer from mobility challenges. To participate in these BP adaptive sports, participants are paired up with volunteers who support them during the games. There is an activity every season and each year participation grows. The age for participation was 5-18 years old but the limit has been lifted to continue to support young adults. There are over 20 people in their 20’s who now benefit from this amazing program.
Participating in these team events builds self-esteem, self-confidence, agility, mobility, and social skills. Peter sponsored 2 of the 12 baseball teams this year, The Pittsburgh Pirates and The Florida Marlins and Tim Butler, Director of LTE, has coached The Yankees baseball team for two years.
There’s a few games left, some come on out and cheer on the amazing participants! Games are played at 99 Little League Way, in Middletown NY, and the schedule can be found on the homepage of the website. We hope to see you there!
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