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“There are so many great organizations out there waiting to help people who have lost their vision. I’m glad MindsEye makes a point of connecting listeners to them.” - Rita, retired accessibility instructor

MindsEye’s 11th Annual Beepball Tournament was a hit!

 

Lighthouse for the Blind team member Anthony Easley, of east St. Louis, attempts to bat a beeping ball by listening to its approach at the 11th Annual Ultimate Beepball Tournament at Assumption Parish in south St. Louis County.

 

Saturday, July 15th, 2017 was a spectacular day at Assumption Parish in South St. Louis – local organizations and friends of MindsEye joined together to support a day of fun, athletics, and community in a game that gives visually impaired St. Louisans a chance to play ball. Beepball’s spin on baseball allows those who are blind to compete – and compete they did! Lighthouse for the Blind team member Anthony Easley, who has been blind since 1988, was able to experience playing on the field again and said, “…it’s a good feeling, I love it. Because I’m back on the diamond, something I thought I wouldn’t be able to do.”

 

MindsEye Volunteer Sparkle runs towards the base on a baseball diamond. Her eyes blindfolded. Her arms stretched forward.

 

Beepball lets people in our community know that while vision loss may change someone’s life, it will not end. Through the support of volunteers, sponsors, and teams, we were able to create this opportunity for Anthony to get back on the diamond. Thank you to everyone who took part in this extraordinary event to raise awareness and to contribute to the visually-impaired and blind community to stay connected and self-reliant.

 

The Beepball team Lighthouse for the Blind stand together on a baseball field holding two large trophies. They stand closely together each wearing yellow shirts with "MindsEye Beepball" logos, smiling with two team members holding up their hands in "number one" gesture towards the camera.

 

Lighthouse for the Blind's team the Beepers took the championship title. The Beepers started off strong by beating the Friends of Mind’s Eye team 21-0 and after a bit of back and forth play succeeded by putting Cowboy BeeBop away with a 12-7 victory that advanced them to the semi-finals. In the championship game against the Bumble Beeps, the Beepers left no doubt as to their intent to reclaim the championship trophy as they scored 9 runs in the first inning, a Mind’s Eye Ultimate Beepball tournament record, and coasted to a 14-4 victory. Beeper player Elton Thomas was awarded tournament MVP.

 

Photos by Morgan Timm, St. Louis Post-Dispatch