About Buddy Baseball
I started Buddy Baseball in the summer of 2009 after being inspired by my sister Sheri from Rockford, IL. Sheri’s son, Matt has special needs and she was searching for a recreational program where he could be successful. Her local Recreation Center didn’t offer anything geared towards children with special needs. Sheri heard about a Buddy Baseball program in Chicago and decided to start one in Rockford in partnership with the Recreation Center. It was a success from day one. After hearing about her success and the joy it was bringing to the players, their parents and the buddies, I knew we had to have a program like that in Tampa.
In July of 2009, I met with the Temple Terrace Parks and Recreation department and told them my idea about a Buddy Baseball league. Within 5 minutes of our initial meeting, they were on board. I started the league with $10 out of my own pocket for a website domain name and it grew with a lot of help from many people to what it is today. The league continues to grow. Every season is bigger than the last. PLAY BALL!!