The Minnesota Twins are helping kids with disabilities play the game of baseball by hosting a clinic at their spring training facility in Fort Myers.
This isn’t your normal baseball camp, some of the kids attending are missing one or more limbs.
The Twins partnered with NubAbility Athletics Foundation to teach kids all about the game. The two-day camp teaches kids how to hit, throw and field.
The founder of NubAbility, Sam Kuhnert, loves helping kids get in the game. At Hammond Stadium, he’s helping kids play a little differently because he too knows how it feels to play sports with a disability.
“I absolutely love sports and despite people telling me I’d never be able to play, I went out to prove them wrong,” he said.
That’s why he started the NubAbility Athletics Foundation.
But these kids aren’t just learning how to hit, throw and field; they’re also learning that you don’t need two limbs to play the game.
“You’ll see our kids come in and they’re shy and they’ll have their nubs in their pocket but they’ll leave with them in the air and that’s the greatest feeling in the world for me,” Kuhnert said.
Confidence is a skill that player Reece Holloway is learning. “He’s taught me to just do the stuff that people say you cannot do and just show them.”
But the inspiration didn’t stop there. For the first time, Holloway and his peers got the chance to meet some of their real-life idols—a reminder to never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
NubAbility and the Minnesota Twins put on the baseball camp every year for the kids. For more information on the program, click here.