The bats were alive and the balls were flying as Athletics for All annual special needs honor softball game went off without a hitch last Thursday.
The game is hosted by Athletics for All every year, and serves as the annual kickoff to their softball season.
Athletics for All was a group founded by Steve and Dewanna Jones, that serves as a way for special needs athletes to play sports outside of school.
The honor game is a game held every year at H.A. Alexander Park that kicks off the season.
“Jeremy Phillips started it,” said Steve Jones. “He came to me to help get it going and we’ve had it every year for the past five or six years.”
The Lawrence County High School baseball team is always in attendance to play with the athletes. The game also features all the other perks that normal high school baseball players get such as hearing their name called over the P.A. system and having their own walk out music.
“The baseball team always comes out to help. It’s called the honor game because we’re honoring the athletes,” Jones said. “The kids love it. They love hearing their names, having their music. It spoils them a little bit.”
The event, which was all donation based, raised over $900 through donations and a silent auction that was held thanks to donated items.
“The money raised will go toward purchasing the letterman’s jackets that we give out each year.”
As said before the game served as the kickoff for the season. The teams will be playing for the next four weeks on most Tuesdays and Thursday nights at 7 or 8.
“I thought the game went very well and we’re excited for the season to get started,” Jones said. “We hope people will come out. The kids would love an audience.”