An Athlete Story
Adam is a 6 year old boy that has autism. Buddy Ball has done so much for him it is amazing. It has helped him become more social and improved his self-esteem. He has learned to catch, throw, bounce, and shoot a basketball. He has also learned how to bowl and tolerate crowds and a party atmosphere, something he could not do until he joined Buddy Ball. He wants to be a part of a group now, something he had no interest in before Buddy Ball. It has helped him learn to use his muscles and improve his motor skills. He has made friends and enjoys being included in things.
He loves seeing Hannah, his buddy. It has helped him become more self aware of things like stimming, he tries real hard not to stim at buddy ball, which is a really good thing for a child with autism. He loves getting out and interacting with other kids and the trophies he gets at the end of each sporting event are his prize possessions! Buddy Ball has played a very big part in his progress, and an even bigger part in bringing him out of the autism “fog” he was in. He is very proud of himself and has no trouble telling anyone that will listen to him that he plays Buddy Ball.
Buddy Ball has not only improved Adam in many different ways, it has changed his quality of life in a very positive way. Thanks so much for having this wonderful program for our kids!
A Parent Story
Buddy Ball has been such a blessing for our family. It helps us to interact with other families who face challenges similar to ours. We also value the time we spend at Buddy Ball as a family, while our daughter is developing as a person.
Our daughter looks forward to each event and getting to know all of her new friends. She has gained so much confidence from the cheers and encouraging words or high fives from buddies or teammates. We love to see her smile while she interacts with others. It is so great to see all the athletes participating and so excited. The best part is seeing them all cheering for and encouraging each other instead of focusing on competing against one other.
We are so thankful to all who work to make Buddy Ball successful. It has been wonderful for our daughter’s development and for our family as a whole. We appreciate the commitment of everyone involved, and want them to know they have made a difference.
Gene and Karen Smith
A Buddy Story
My first experience with Buddy Ball was a couple of years ago, when Margaret ask Charter Communications to become a sponsor. Not knowing what to expect, once the Baseball game started, it was nothing less than magical.
The parents and the coaches are so appreciative to know that there are folks out there willing to help and they work very hard to make this the best experience possible for the children as well as the Buddy’s. Needless to say, we all have a good time.
Being a Buddy has been the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Once you see how hard these children try and the smiles on their faces, the rewards are endless. These loving children start to look to you with so much trust and loving smiles, that I look forward to ball night as much as they do.
These athletes have a special place in my heart and each year you just love them more. Now I know why they call it Buddy Ball, they become your buddies for life.