Younger athletes with disabilities can join hoops league

August 3, 2012 by  

Registration is underway for the League of Dreams basketball registration, an athletic league for disabled youth. The League’s motto is “Every child should have the chance to play!” and their mission is to fulfill that motto by providing athletes with training, competitive sporting opportunities and camaraderie.

Tryouts will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, August 11 at Terrio Edge, 3521 Alken Street, west of Fruitvale, for youth ages 5 – 22 with physical and developmental disabilities. Physical and occupational therapists will assess the abilities of each athlete for appropriate team placement.

The nonprofit organization which offers both baseball and basketball leagues was started in 2007 by Tim Terrio and has 168 baseball players. It has been adopted by Brent Morel, the third baseman for the Chicago White Sox and a Bakersfield native. Morel played baseball at Fruitvale Norris Park where the league has its new field and wanted to give back to the community so he chose this charity that gives kids with disabilities the opportunity to experience what he had as a child. He hosts an annual gala in January which has raised enough money this year to allow every child to play for free.

Volunteers, athletes and families will be able to enjoy a spring training barbecue at noon on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Silver Creek Park. Games will be played each Sunday from September 23 – October 28. Sporting leagues frequently use flyer printing as a way to stay in touch with parents during the sports season. For more information visit the League of Dreams website or call (661) 616-9122.