Alternative Baseball

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Alternative Baseball
Alternative Baseball Organization, Inc.
AbbreviationABO
FoundedJanuary 5, 2016; 7 years ago (2016-01-05)
FounderTaylor C. Duncan
Type501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization
Location
Region
United States of America
Key people
Taylor C. Duncan (founder/chief executive officer)
Cindy Duncan (secretary/treasurer)
Dr. Roger Garret (chairman of the board)
Floyd Hillman (board member)
WebsiteOfficial website

Alternative Baseball, officially Alternative Baseball Organization Inc. (ABO), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Dallas, Georgia, United States, which provides year-round baseball training, exhibitions, and activities for teens and adults (ages 15+) with autism and other disabilities throughout the United States.

Alternative Baseball was founded in 2016 by Taylor Duncan, an autism activist from Dallas, Georgia, who was denied opportunities to play traditional baseball as a youth and faced social stigma from coaches.[1][2]

Alternative Baseball uses the same rule-set as seen in Major League Baseball. The only adaption made in Alternative Baseball is the type of ball used: A baseball sized slightly larger and much softer than a regulation-sized baseball in order to safely accommodate players of all skill and experience levels from novice to professional.[1]

Alternative Baseball encourages locals to volunteer and assist with establishing new programs to serve those in their individual areas.[3][4] The organization started expanding across the United States in 2018[5] after finding a serious lack of programming geared for adults with disabilities to continue their enrichment toward successful independence post-high school graduation.[6] Alternative Baseball currently has programs (and new ones starting up) in Alabama,[7] Arizona,[8] Colorado,[9] Florida,[10] Georgia,[11] Illinois, New Jersey,[12] North Carolina,[13] South Carolina,[14] Tennessee,[15] Texas, and Washington[5] with many more clubs and programs to be started across the country. Registration in Canada is also currently pending.[16] Alternative Baseball Organization along with its founder and Commissioner Taylor C. Duncan along with other people who have volunteered for ABO have owned stock in the Atlanta Braves, he has helped others to become into the Autism awareness community and speaking engagements. One time the ABO, Taylor Duncan was the main sponsors of Rome Braves Hotstove event in Downtown Rome, Georgia at the River Forum Center.

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  1. ^ a b Zachary Hansen, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "For love of the game: a young man's dream for special needs baseball". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  2. ^ Abdeldaiem, Alaa. "Special needs players have a league to call their own". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  3. ^ Vaillancourt, Cory. "Baseball for autistic youth planned in WNC". www.smokymountainnews.com. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  4. ^ Blaylock, Jonathan. "BASEBALL: Alternative Baseball looking to build team in Rome". Northwest Georgia News. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  5. ^ a b "Veteran from Tacoma building baseball league for kids with autism". Q13 FOX News. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  6. ^ contributor, Zari Tarazona / (2019-05-30). "A baseball organization for teens and adults with autism is coming to Philly". Generocity Philly. Retrieved 2020-05-02. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  7. ^ "Baseball league for teens and adults with autism and special needs comes to North Alabama". WHNT.com. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  8. ^ Mendoza, Angel. "He was told to quit a baseball team because of his autism. Now he runs a league, and it's coming to Arizona". azcentral. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  9. ^ "Alternative baseball league for adults with special needs coming to Colorado Springs". FOX21News.com. 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  10. ^ "Non-profit hopes to start special needs baseball team in Ormond Beach". FOX 35 Orlando. 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  11. ^ "Baseball league gives those with special needs a chance to enjoy game". 11Alive.com. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  12. ^ "Baseball league for players with special needs". FOX 5 New York. 2018-07-27. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  13. ^ "Everyday Hero: Athlete with autism spreads love of baseball to everyone". spectrumlocalnews.com. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  14. ^ "Alternative Baseball targets Upstate special needs teens, adults". WSPA 7News. 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  15. ^ Luther, Sam (2019-08-16). "One man steps up to the plate to prove baseball for all". WTVC. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  16. ^ "Alternative Baseball partners with the pros to bring team to Phenix City". WRBL. 2018-06-04. Retrieved 2020-05-02.