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Baseball league for teens and adults with autism and other disabilities recruiting in Nashville

Posted at 6:27 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 07:29:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An organization that is trying to make baseball more accessible is starting a team in Nashville.

The Alternative Baseball Organization was started four years ago by Taylor Duncan in Dallas, Georgia.

"Every person deserves to play traditional baseball free of judgment and perceptions about what they can and cannot accomplish," said Duncan.

Growing up, Duncan struggled to find a team that took him, someone with autism, seriously.

"When we put perception aside and we break the barrier and power through, the sky is the limit as to what can be accomplish," Duncan said.

Duncan started Alternative Baseball to give people with disabilities a chance at a true baseball experience.

Currently, the organization is recruiting players in Nashville and looking for volunteers to help run practices and games that will start in Spring 2021. Anyone 15-years-old or older on the autism spectrum or with another special need is welcome on the team.

"It was time for me to provide this opportunity to others who are just like me who want the same traditional experience as everyone else," Duncan said.

Alternative Baseball has teams in more than two dozen cities in the United States.