Athens, Ga. – The Athens Timberwolves will host a Georgia Beep Baseball Association round-robin tournament with visiting teams from Atlanta, Augusta and Columbus at Smith Field, located at 1570 Epps Bridge Road, near Home Depot, April 27 beginning at 9 a.m.
Beep Baseball is an adapted sports activity for people with disabilities. The Athens team was formed and is led by Athens Inclusive Recreation and Sports, a non-profit organization made up of community volunteers, most of whom are University of Georgia graduates and students.
The event is part of a “home-and-home” rotation of regular season competition from March through July that helps the teams prepare for the World Series of Beep Baseball, this year hosted by Columbus, Ga. from July 29-Aug. 3.
The Athens Timberwolves, who practice every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at Smith Field, are looking for volunteers to help at practice and during competition.
“Volunteers fill many important positions including: sighted player positions, such as pitcher, catcher, base operator, field spotter and umpire-though the players are sometimes unsure how much visual acuity the volunteer who fills this one possesses,” said Roger Keeney, executive director of AIRS. “Non-impaired volunteers who want to play other positions wear blindfolds to level the playing field.”
Additional volunteer positions, most crucial for the players who are visually impaired, are drivers as many do not get to practice or games without rides, he said.
AIRS’ on-going collaboration with UGA is resulting in some incentives for students as it has become a site for practicum assignments, according to Keeney.