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For Love of the Game

By Coleman Swierc

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - This is not your ordinary baseball game.

"It is life-touching," said Stephen MacPherson, "Because you see these kids who may never ever get this opportunity again, so it is really cool to see them get this."

In 1989, Little League created the Challenger Division for mentally and physically handicapped children.

So now they, are the biggest game in town.

"It means alot, look at the parents out here, on the fence, in the stands, cheering for their kids when they normally would not get to." said Gary Salyer, "It is just great."

"It is just amazing to see these kids play the game," added Darin Smith.

And by their side, the entire time, helping with the bat, and running the bases, is a buddy.

"It is fun, I have kind of taught the kids how to do the fist bump, the first time I tried to do it, they were like 'what the heck,'" said Smith, "But I finally got them to do it, and now they are all doing it."

"To see these kids come and play, it is life touching," added Sidney Dukes, "I love to watch them play and have fun."

Because in this game, there are no balls, no strikes.

Only smiles.

"Knowing that they are having fun, and that they can have this opportunity, it is just great for them," added MacPherson, "They know they are winners, and they are having fun."

"It did not matter if they hit a home run, or not at all," said Jillian Bradford, "It is just fun to see them laugh and play and have fun."

And that, is what baseball, is all about.

"Its a game, it is America's game, I mean heck, everyone should play."

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