Bayonne’s Buddy Baseball Gets $1M Federal Grant For Special Needs Field of Dreams

Saturday, January 28th is going to be a special day for Bayonne’s Division of Recreation.  At 12:00pm, at the 11th Street Field, weather permitting, Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Division of Recreation will be holding a special press conference announcing a $1-million grant for the BUDDY BASEBALL FIELD OF DREAMS.
 
The Special Needs Baseball League, known as Buddy Baseball, is located at 11th Street and Avenue E.
 The ADA Accessibility Project will include specifically designed upgrades at the field and facility, including, but not limited to, a new playing area, dugouts, bleachers, restrooms, fencing, handicap access to and from the field, and a playground.
The “Buddy Baseball League”, originated in 2015, is a program for developmentally and physically challenged youth, helping them to enjoy the full benefits of baseball participation in an athletic environment structured to their abilities.  More than the skills of baseball and softball learned through the experience, the value of the “Buddy Baseball” League is found in the proven therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports, the strengthening of participants’ self-esteem, the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play, and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play.
Buddy Baseball will begin its 8th season on May 6, 2023, which coincidentally will be the 92nd birthday of Willie Mays, considered by many people to be the best, all around baseball player, in history.
Mayor Davis stated,  “The City of Bayonne would like to thank Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker for this $1 million federal grant. It will give a big boost to our special needs baseball players. We look forward to redesigning the field to provide a wonderful facility for our great Buddy Baseball program.”
Bayonne’s Superintendent of Recreation Pete Amadeo adds, ”We have created amazing memories over the past 8 years with Buddy Baseball. It is hard to put into words the excitement and joy this grant means to the Division of Recreation, but more importantly, how much it means to our players and our families of Buddy Baseball. We are grateful to those who worked determinedly to make this dream a reality. The Sky is the limit, and our future will be a great one.”
Senator Booker, alongside Senator Menendez were able to secure tens of millions of dollars for key community projects in cities and townships across New Jersey including Newark, Passaic, Bayonne, Paterson, Lakewood, Clayton, Cape May and Mount Holly; and for countywide projects in Burlington County, Union County and Hudson County.

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