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    Baseball To Sponsor 'Buddy Ball' Game on Sunday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Paul Stevens.
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    Head coach Paul Stevens.
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    April 25, 2007

    EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern's baseball team is sponsoring a `Buddy Ball' game this Sunday, April 29 at approximately 4:30 p.m. at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston. The Buddy Ball game will follow the Wildcats' 1 p.m. contest against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

    Buddy Ball provides individuals with special needs the opportunity to play sports, regardless of their limitations. Buddy Ball helps individuals learn teamwork and promotes self-esteem, one of the tools needed to help overcome the stigma often associated with a disability.

    "Buddy Ball is a way for us to provide sports services to kids with special needs," said head coach Paul Stevens. "Hopefully, with a little awareness we can help create a support network for individuals, families and the community."

    Since the first `Buddy Ball' game was established in Edison, N.J., back in 1995, individual games and leagues have popped up all over the country. Sunday's game in Evanston is no exception. It will provide local children the ability to take the field, some for the very first time in their lives, and play baseball.

    It also gives Northwestern's baseball players the ability to help children in a capacity most have never known.

    "We want everyone to enjoy the game we play," said senior second baseman Caleb Fields. "I think it is important for us to help out whenever we can."