Homer's Heroes; Bringing Smiles to Home Plate

By: Stephanie Morrissey Email
By: Stephanie Morrissey Email

For 20 years, Homer's Heroes has given kids with disabilities the chance to play ball.

"A mother who had a child with special needs thought there needed to be an avenue for her child to play ball," said Jeanne Cuda, Homer's Heroes Chair and member of the sponsoring Optimist Club.

Today, Homer's Heroes brings in nearly 100 kids to their six-week long summer camp.

"It allows my son Kaleb, whose obviously in a wheelchair, to do something that's like his peers. They offer a lot of assistance for him so he can have the game of baseball," said Nicole Kildare who has a son in Homer's Heroes.

"If you help a child pick up a baseball and put in their hand and throw, and they make it to base, it just steals your heart away," Cuda said.

A buddy is always around to help help each child steal the bases.

"I've been doing it for about 13 years, ever since my brother was little he's been playing Homer's Heroes baseball," said Shyanne Copas, Homer's Heroes Buddy.

"It's honestly one of the greatest feelings in the world because you just see them glow and it makes you feel really happy. You can give them that moment and help them out with it. It's really heartwarming," said Trisha Cuda, Homer's Heroes Buddy.

No day at the ballpark would be complete without a little something extra to melt the heart.

"Ice cream! Vanilla," said Kaleb Kildare, Homer's Heroes Player.

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