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Piper’s Pals Expands Baseball to Youth With Disabilities

The Burbank Parks and Recreation Department invites families, friends and community members to welcome Piper’s Pals for their third season playing in the Hap Minor Baseball League at George Izay Park on Saturday, April 1, at 11 a.m.
In coordination with the Youth Sports Section, Piper’s Pals provides an opportunity for a roster of players with disabilities to participate in the Coach Pitch Division. This event is free, open to the public and will take place at the park’s field No. 2, located at 1111 W. Olive Ave.
“If you want to be inspired and witness the miracle of compassion and inclusion, please join us to cheer on our special needs team, Piper’s Pals and their buddies the Wolfpack, as they take the field,” said Tiffany Nelson, head coach and 2016 Burbank Walk of Fame inductee.
The fundamental principle behind this program is to advance “play equity,” the philosophy that sports opportunities should be available to all children regardless of socioeconomic, gender, physical and mental ability. The Sports Office leads by the principle that physical activity is vital to children’s health, fitness, well-being and self-esteem.
This year, longtime Burbank residents Glen and Ellen Gregos provided a league fee sponsorship for Piper’s Pals. The city is proud to partner with the couple and the Burbank Advisory Council on Disabilities to support young people living with disabilities by introducing children to the world of sports.
“The city of Burbank expresses gratitude to the Gregos family for their donation, which will further our efforts to ensure every child in Burbank, no matter their ability, is able to enjoy the benefits of donning a jersey and playing sports,” said Marisa Garcia, Parks and Recreation Department director. “We would also like to acknowledge the continued commitment of volunteer coach, Tiffany Nelson, for her years of service in support of children with special needs in Burbank.”
More information on Youth Sports can be found at burbankca.gov/web/parks-recreation/youth-sports, or by calling (818) 238-5330.

First published in the March 25 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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