Kids of all abilities playing the game in White Bear Lake

6:18 PM, Jul 27, 2011   |    comments
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WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. -- The field of dreams has nothing on a small diamond in White Bear Lake. It's a place where both hopes and dreams are coming true.

"We started out with maybe 18 kids and now this year we had 50," says Carol Gilligan with Kids Abilities.

Gilligan and her business partner at their Pediatric Therapy Clinic decided three years ago they needed to start a tee-ball league for kids who simply had nowhere else to play.

"We have a wide range of disabilities, some are in wheelchairs, some can't see, some can't hear, some can't follow directions very well," says Lisa Juliar, the mother of one of the players.

None of that matters here. It's a welcoming place where everyone is given the opportunity to feel like they are part of a team.

"It gives her a chance to play a sport and feel like she's good at it," says Bob Brower who has both a son and daughter on the team.

Each player has a volunteer, or even two if necessary to help them navigate the game. That allows parents to sit back and enjoy the game like a spectator.

"It's mostly to see the joy on the parent's faces and the fun that they are all having," says Gilligan.

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