Chris Hershkowitz, a young adult served by Vinfen CT, stepped up to the plate on Saturday, July 7 at the Disability, Dream, and Do Baseball Camp hosted by the Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club at Dunkin Donuts Park. The event, presented by the Dave Clark Foundation, gave people with disabilities from across Connecticut the opportunity to practice fielding, hitting, throwing, and batting with their favorite players from the Hartford Yard Goats.
“The highlight of the day was the individual time the ball players spent helping me improve on catching and hitting the ball,” Chris stated. “This made me feel very special.”
The event hit a home run with both participants and players. “Seeing them have fun and seeing them do their thing, it’s a good thing and you feel great about it,” says Yard Goats catcher Sam Tidaback.
The baseball camp also featured a chance to meet and hear from Dave Clark and Dave Stevens, two professional athletes, instructors, and motivational speakers. Dave Clark is a former minor league pitcher who played on crutches after being afflicted by polio as a child. He began the Dave Clark Foundation in 2010 to show those with disabilities that they can dream and do despite any limitations they may face. Dave Stevens is the only athlete ever to play college football or minor league baseball without legs. He went on to become a sports broadcasting professional winning 7 Emmy Awards for his work.
At the end of the day, participants were thrilled to receive free tickets to attend a future Hartford Yard Goats game of their choice.