The baseball season for athletes participating in Adaptive Sport for Kids (ASK) kicked off on a cold and windy Saturday, March 2, at Doornbos Park in Nederland. Parents and children from around the region gathered together to support their teams and watch the opening ceremonies on the field in spite of the blustery weather.
According to information on the group’s website, “Adaptive Sports for Kids was formed in December 2011 … to give children and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to play sports they may not otherwise be able to play, all at no charge to them.” The nonprofit organization accepts donations to provide participants with the special equipment necessary for them to participate.
At Saturday’s spectacular, ASK President Scott Ferguson welcomed those gathered at the festivities, and introduced various groups performing demonstrations at the event. ASK sideline cheerleaders encouraged players and the Superstars cheer team performed for the crowd. Participants in the ASK program also displayed their Tae Kwon Do moves by showing off chops and blocks, and kicking through wooden planks to cheers from the audience. The South Lions Breakfast Club was on hand for a presentation. Nine-year-old Cooper Slott was there to present ASK with a check for donations he collected amounting to $4,010. Ferguson thanked the youth for his hard work and determination.
In correspondence, Ferguson praised Slott and his family, writing, “They are just an amazing family. And I was watching Cooper during the Opening performances, and he was loving being out there. His smile was just as big as everyone else’s out there. He is truly an amazing young man.”
After the presentations, the baseball teams took to the field and ran through their team banners set up at the end of an inflatable archway on loan from the Nederland Bulldogs. The teams flooded the field and took position around the diamond until all teams were out on the field. Nederland Mayor R. A. “Dick” Nugent threw out the first pitch at the ceremonies, and the season began.
According to Ferguson, the opening ceremony was a huge success. He said he is thankful to the numerous volunteers, parents and children who participated.
“As always I was proud of everyone and enjoyed the day.”