Disability Dream Day at the ball park
Kids of all ages with disabilities were at Tuller Field in Corning to play ball on Disability Dream Day. YNN's Katie Husband takes us to the baseball diamond and explains how they're dreaming and doing.
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CORNING, N.Y. -- Tuller Field in Corning was busy with ball players of all ages for Disability Dream Day hosted by the Dave Clark Foundation.
"And, we're just giving kids of all ages, literally, with disabilities an opportunity to find out what they can do, not focus on what they can't do, just like Dave did with his unusual baseball career," said Doug Cornfield, co-founder Dave Clark Foundation.
Clark's unusual baseball career begins with him being a polio survivor at 10 months old. He was never able to walk without braces or crutches.
"Dave became the only, and I have to emphasize this, the only, professional baseball player whoever pitched or played with crutches. One of his quotes is, 'there's two types of dreamers, there are dreamers that dream and there are dreamers that dream and do'. Of course, he falls under that second category, he's been a dreamer that's been doing it a long time," said Cornfield.
Each year there is a Dream and Do Athlete that has followed in the footsteps of Clark. This year's athlete is Bryan Sullivan, who was born with cerebral palsy.
"From six-years-old to eight-years-old it took me time to develop how to catch and throw with the same hand, but when eight-years-old came, I started doing competitive baseball," said Bryan Sullivan, Dream and Do Athlete.
And now he's a pitcher for Ramapo College in New Jersey.
"And, now I'm just a pitcher. That's it, I'm in a pitcher's life, not a batter's, not a first baseman's life, pitcher's life," said Sullivan
Despite the friendly competition out on the baseball field, today, it's all about being themselves.
"Just be themselves. That's all you can do. Just ask yourself, 'what did you do everyday to improve?,'" said Sullivan.
And, these kids can say they left their best on the field.