Disability Dream Day Baseball Camp in Corning
Baseball is game for anyone and everyone who has the desire to play. And as our Bill Mich tells us, that desire has helped one man overcome his physical limitations and bring the game he loves into the lives of many others.
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CORNING, N.Y. -- "I was very fortunate to be able to have had polio and still been able to pitch professionally for as many years as I did. Wasn't always great, but at least you were there."
Corning native Dave Clark contracted polio as an infant but his physical ailments throughout his life would not stop him from playing, coaching, and scouting the game he loves. Saturday was his chance to share that game with some people in his hometown.
"This here is just pure enjoyment. Pure fun. It doesn't matter what you do, these kids have a great time," Clark said.
The Disability Dream Day Baseball camp gives kids and adults with special needs the chance to learn and play our national past time. Clark and his story were the inspiration behind the camp and its numerous volunteers.
"It's a nice time to come out and show them that you can do anything. It doesn't matter what your disability is, the sky is the limit and it's nice to show these guys that they can play baseball too," said volunteer Rich Roy.
The camp provides so many people the opportunity to play that they may not have been able to get anywhere else. The chance to lace up your cleats, put on your glove, and emulate the skills your favorite player out on the diamond.
"Derek Jeter," said Latoya Patrick, a camp member.
"Derek Jeter, why is that?"
"Because he's hot"
Ok, so maybe everyone is not a baseball die hard but that didn't matter at the Dream Day Camp. It was about overcoming the odds to show you can throw, run, and hit just like everybody else.
Along with being a Corning native, Clark is also a Corning Community College alum, and will be sharing his story with the public on campus September 1st.