Buddy Baseball’s return a boon for special-needs sports

ByJERUSALEM POST SPORTS STAFF
May 19, 2017 05:07

Designed to instill a feeling of accomplishment, the Buddy Baseball program puts the kids in the batter’s box until they get on base.




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AFTER ITS successful debut in Israel last year, the Jerusalem Buddy Baseball program is thriving in its second season and will be holding its All-Star Game next month at Kraft Stadium. (photo credit:FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE/COURTESY)

Friendship Circle Central Jerusalem, together with Kraft Stadium and the Feuerstein Institute, will host its annual Buddy Baseball All-Star Game for children with special needs in Israel on June 11th at Kraft Stadium, with several dignitaries expected to be in attendance.

A non-competitive, friendship- building baseball league, Buddy Baseball, founded by Dean Klassman of Chicago, provides an opportunity to build self-esteem and create warm, lasting memories on the baseball field. The second season in Israel has been running since the beginning of the spring with weekly games.

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Friendship Circle Central Jerusalem is a one-stop portal into the world of children with special needs, partnering special needs players with buddy volunteers – granting children, who may never have played sports with a friend, the chance to experience teamwork, camaraderie and the magic of excelling at a sport.

Designed to instill a feeling of accomplishment, the Buddy Baseball program puts the kids in the batter’s box until they get on base.


Mayor Nir Barkat describes Jerusalem as a special and inclusive city, and Jerusalemites as unique, extraordinary people who band together and become one. Friendship Circle enables just that through this event and many others throughout the year – cheering Jerusalem’s special children on.

For more information, please visit www.fcjerusalem.org

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