OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The pandemic put the brakes on many traditional spring activities, but now sports like baseball are back. And one group is working to make sure teens and adults with autism and other special needs get a chance to play.
The Alternative Baseball Organization is looking for a few good men and women to establish alternative baseball teams here in Omaha and Council Bluffs. As the baseball saying goes, if you build it, they will come.
People with disabilities have the ability to play sports, it's just a matter of giving them a chance.
"As I grew older, I faced a lot of social stigmas as to what a person with autism can and cannot accomplish," said Taylor Duncan, CEO of Alternative Baseball. "A lot of times we are denied opportunities to participate in traditional sports due to those preconceived ideas."
The teams are for people 15 years and older, and it follows Major League rules. Duncan has formed programs in 21 states for a total of 46 programs.
"It's given me a calling; it has given me a sense of purpose," Duncan said. "I feel like God has called me to provide this opportunity to others just like myself. We need more resources in general as well as acceptance for inclusion."
All experience levels are welcome, you just have to be willing to give those that have been overlooked the ball to show what they can do.
They are looking for volunteer coaches, managers, umpires and players. Equipment and other resources are all provided.
"Look out COVID-19, the Alternative Baseball Organization is coming to power through perceptions," Duncan said. "And guess what Omaha, we want to come for you next. We need coaches and managers to help us get something started...sign up today."
It takes about six months to a year to get everything organized and approved, so the teams would be ready just in time for baseball's spring season in 2021.
If you ever wanted to manage, coach, umpire or play baseball, now is your chance. To sign up, visit the organization's website.