|Published:||May 04, 2013 1:36 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 05, 2013 9:39 AM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fl. - The Fort Myers Miracle took to the field Sunday with some additional teammates! It was the 8th annual Disability Dream Day Camp and 25 kids with special needs learned baseball from the pros.
For the day, these kids are the MVPs.
"I'm the best batter on my team!" says Jose Collazo.
Playing alongside the pros who take them under their wing.
"They need to be special in a different way," says parent, Myrtha Collazo.
For the 8th year in a row, the Fort Myers Miracle brought 25 kids with special needs to their field, showing them how to pitch, throw and knock one out of the park.
"It's pretty much indescribable just to watch him, because he has so much fun," says parent Bill Adams about his son, Billy.
Twelve-year-old Billy Adams is here for the 7th time. And just like previous years, he's latched on to one player. A choice that's worked out pretty well for them.
"All three of the ones that he's really hooked up with are in the pros right now... its just a true friendship no matter how you look at it and you know it's unconditional," says Adams.
Dave Clark is the inspiration behind the camp. At just 10 months old, he got polio. But despite crutches and braces, that didn't stop him from fulling his dream. He went on to pitch professionally for 10 years.
"Don't do that, don't try that, my parents were never that way... if I wanted to try something they never told me no... and because of that I found out what my strengths were," he says.
A message he hopes these families and rising stars take away.
"He lives up to the highest of his potential, I don't want to hold him back," Collazo adds.
"Baseball is all about passion and hardwork," Jose adds.
The day ended with the kids all playing a game of baseball. The Miracle also held an awards ceremony for them.