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Buddy Ball Photo Story

Two players on opposite teams high-five after the second game of Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. “Good game” high-fives and fist-bumps are a commonality at many sports games including Buddy Ball and are used to promote sportsmanship.

Two players on opposite teams high-five after the second game of Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. “Good game” high-fives and fist-bumps are a commonality at many sports games including Buddy Ball and are used to promote sportsmanship.

Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

Two players on opposite teams high-five after the second game of Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. “Good game” high-fives and fist-bumps are a commonality at many sports games including Buddy Ball and are used to promote sportsmanship.

Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

Two players on opposite teams high-five after the second game of Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. “Good game” high-fives and fist-bumps are a commonality at many sports games including Buddy Ball and are used to promote sportsmanship.

Buddy Ball Photo Story

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  • The 2018 Brantley Buddy Ball volunteers from Interact Club pose for a picture at the end of both games on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. “It’s the most positive atmosphere that I’ve ever been to,” english teacher and Interact Club sponsor Kent Kersten said. “Everyone’s on the same page, everybody’s there to really help the kids out and just enjoy them.”

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • A player swings the bat to hit the ball during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields.There were two different Buddy Ball teams competing against each other on that Saturday, the Cubs and the green team.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Juniors Madison Harris and Teddy Georgieva watch as a player waits for the pitch during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. One main job of the students was to wheel the players in wheelchairs to the bases.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Two players congratulate each other after the second game of Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Two players on opposite teams high-five after the second game of Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. “Good game” high-fives and fist-bumps are a commonality at many sports games including Buddy Ball and are used to promote sportsmanship.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • A player and his coach run to first base after the player has hit the ball during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. Buddy Ball focuses on engagement and fun, not points or accuracy.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Junior Brianna Cullari claps for a player and her mother as they hit the ball together, drop the bat, and run to first during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. While all Buddy Ball players are special needs, many are in a wheelchair as well.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Junior Madison Harris claps for a player who has just passed home base, earning his team one point, during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. Buddy Ball is just one of the many activities that Interact Club participates in; others include food drives, leadership conferences, and park clean ups.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Junior Sara Vratanina wheels her buddy from home base to first after he hit the ball during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. Buddy Ball includes kids ages 5-20 and volunteers of all ages.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Junior Emily Vincent watches as her buddy in a a wheelchair swings for the ball during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. There were two back-to-back games of Buddy Ball that Saturday.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

  • Junior Sara Vratanina assists a player in throwing the baseball to first base during Buddy Ball on Saturday October 20 at the Eastmonte baseball fields. The coach also helped the players hit the pitches when they were struggling.

    Photo provided by: Anna Wesley

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Central Florida Bambino Buddy Ball is a non profit baseball program that brings together kids who have special needs ages 5-20. They regularly have volunteers come to the games in order to help the players around the bases and bat. Twice a year Interact Club, sponsored by English teacher Kent Kersten, teams up with the Buddy Ball program play a friendly game of baseball. This year’s Buddy Ball took place at the Eastmonte Park  baseball field from 8:45-11 on Saturday, October 20. Many Brantley students participated, making it lots of fun for everyone involved and earning them volunteer hours.

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