Richard's journey takes him to a special baseball diamond
Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:52:24 GMT —
Even though the Major League baseball season may be winding down, one very talented baseball league is heating up.
The PAL baseball league allows children with mental and physical challenges to play their heart out on a specially designed rubber baseball diamond at the Miracle Baseball Field at the Pineview Baseball Complex.
And what do these players enjoy the most about their league?
"I think just the opportunity to have a safe place to really play baseball, regardless of special need or age. This really opens up the door for everyone to be able to play." says Ashlee Newman, PALS volunteer.
And these all-stars had a very special guest player at Sunday's game.
Eight year old Richard Culliver has become a local hero after bouncing back from a brain tumor that many feared would end his short life.
Richard came out and was able to participate in the game, even making a run around the bases and scoring a run for his team.
So how did Richard prep for his big debut?
"He's been excited all week, talking about it and when we had lunch after church this afternoon, before we got here, he prayed...he did the prayer. And he said 'Dear Lord, we want to make sure nobody gets hit with a baseball today." states Stephanie McMillan, Richard's mother.
And Stephanie has some words of her own for the PALS league that made Richard's dream come true.
"Thank you for taking your time, your energy and making kids and families feel special and have moments that they wouldn't get otherwise." says Stephanie.