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Beep Baseball "Battle for Illinois"

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Beep Baseball "Battle for Illinois"

Belleville-based nonprofit MindsEye's nationally competing Beep Baseball team, the Gateway Archers, will soon bring the first-ever Beep Baseball event to Springfield, IL. On August 27, 2022, they take on the Chicago Comets in two exhibition games at the University of Illinois Springfield Rec Park field located at 2100 Vachel Lindsay Dr. Springfield, IL 62703. Thanks to a generous donation to MindsEye, Ameren Illinois will act as the presenting sponsor for this "Battle for Illinois." The winning team will hold the "Illinois Secretary of State" BeepBall trophy for the coming year. The award honors the office of the Illinois Secretary of State and recognizes its ongoing exemplary commitment to accessibility and services for Illinois residents who are blind or have low vision.

Beep Baseball, or "BeepBall," is an adaptive form of baseball that allows athletes of all visual abilities to play together. All Beepball players are blindfolded, except for the sighted pitcher and outfield spotters. Players are guided by sound– the beeping ball, buzzing bases, and cues from the pitcher. The Gateway Archers and Chicago Comets are affiliates of the National Beep Baseball Association or NBBA.

The day begins at 11 am when interested community members (at any vision level) can put on a blindfold and try their hand at batting and fielding alongside the Gateway Archers! The first game of the Archers/Comets doubleheader will begin at 12 pm and determine the winner of the "Illinois Secretary of State" trophy. In the second game at 3:45 pm, specific rules will be adjusted to test recently proposed NBBA changes. Both games will be fully Audio Described by MindsEye. In between games, students from the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired in Jacksonville will participate in drills with the Archers.

University of Illinois Springfield Rec Park
11:00 AM - 06:00 PM on Sat, 27 Aug 2022

Event Supported By

MindsEye
618-394-6221
lfoughty@mindseyeradio.org

Artist Group Info

lfoughty@mindseyeradio.org
University of Illinois Springfield Rec Park
2100 Vachel Lindsay Dr.
Springfield, Illinois 62703