Players, umpires, sponsors and spectators have a ball at th 2nd annual World Series of Baseball for the disabled at Kenai Little League Park.
What could have been the busiest Saturday of the summer, baseball lovers from all over the Kenai Peninsula turned out for the 2nd Annual World Series of Baseball for the disabled. Forty four players made up four teams with two coaches per team and four umpires to officiate the event that drew a couple hundred spectators to the Kenai Little League Park. "What stands out about this year's games was the broad range of participation from our consumers. We had players from as far away as Homer and a much greater diverse population of athletes this year," said Ken Duff, Frontier Community Services executive director.
With the help of more than 25 community sponsors, all players received hats, baseball gloves, trophies and medallions commemorating their participation in the event. For the second year Leon Marcinkowski and his daughter Julie of Kenai Wild, barbequed fresh Sockeye salmon for the hungry crowd, "It's just so much fun to be here. We've had players already stop by and say how excited they are to see us back again this year and that really makes us feel good. In Alaska it's baseball and Kenai Wild Salmon rather than hot dogs and apple pie and it's a privilege for us to be here to support this program," said Marcinkowski.
There were also plenty of free hot dogs, hamburgers and Coke to accompany the salmon feast thanks to the broad base of community sponsors that helped make the event a great success. The World Series of Baseball for the disabled on the Kenai Peninsula has grown so in just two years that there is talk among organizers about bringing teams down from Anchorage next year to participate. "We greatly appreciate all the folks that participated this year and especially the Kenai Little League umpires, without them this great event would never happen. This event is a day of social activity and fun and creates an opportunity for personal accomplishment for all players experiencing a disabling condition," added Ken Duff.
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