Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Dream

Hello, my name is Heather Harris, and I am pleased to say that I will be assisting Mark Brashear and The Pottsville Athletic Association with his program for special need children, A Field Of Angels. This goal of this program is to help children with special needs experience the joy of baseball, in a positive and safe environment.

Each athlete will be paired with a volunteer, who will assist him or her while at bat, and in the field. We have adapted the game with special equipment, and rules, so that each player has an opportunity to hit the ball and run the bases.

It is our goal, that we would be able to provide this experience without financial burden to the athlete’s families; and that we would eventually be able to provide them with a field designed for their special needs.

A Field Of Angels is open to all River Valley special needs children from Kindergarten to 12th grade. We will have four to six games, with a 30-minute practice session before each game. We plan to host the games on Saturdays at the softball fields. The last game of the season will be a special game, heavily promoted through the newspaper, so that there will be lots of spectators to encourage our players. Followed by, an awards ceremony and hot dog lunch, where each player will receive an award, and will get to hear their name called on the PA system.

To make A Field Of Angels a success: Mark, The Pottsville Athletic Association, and I are looking for contributions of time, as well as money. Anyone, age 11 and older, may become a volunteer to help our special athletes. Your tax-deductible contribution will go to help this much needed, and very worthy league. We want anyone with special needs to be able to participate in this league, no matter what their financial situation.
If you are interested in volunteering your time, making a donation, financial or otherwise please contact Mark Brashear or myself at :