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NEWS STAFF REPORTER
 
Published: July 07, 2010, 12:30 am

Tracey Ward cheered and applauded as she watched her son Alex run the bases Tuesday at New Era Park in Hamburg.

The 10-year-old Alden resident had just connected with the ball during a one-hour baseball skills and conditioning clinic at the indoor facility on Lake Avenue.

The occasion was Nickel City Baseball’s first-ever clinic for children with high-functioning autism, or Asperger syndrome. Alex, who is autistic, was the first official player-in-training.

“All the way home, Alex!” instructor Charles Karstedt urged as the boy rounded third base. “That really was a home run. That was your farthest one yet.”

It is not very often that Alex engages in those types of activities. Ward said her son, at times, is anxious about playing sports, but she hopes the clinic will help turn that around, improve his social and motor skills, and give him a reason for enthusiasm.

Read in Full:  http://www.buffalonews.com/2010/07/07/1105771/for-a-10-year-old-baseball-inspiration.html



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