6th Annual Autism Baseball Clinic a Home Run!

Posted on Feb 26, 2015


Kingston – For a few hours on Saturday, February 7th, it felt like spring at the Graham Academy as kids swung for the fences and fielded ground balls during the Graham Academy’s 6th annual special needs community baseball clinic. The clinic, hosted by the Graham Academy and facilitated by the Lackawanna College baseball team, provided a fun opportunity for kids to show off their baseball skills.

The clinic, which was free for anyone in the special needs community to attend, was set up so families could come and go as they pleased. The baseball team provided one-on-one instruction at several skill stations including hitting, throwing, catching, fielding, and culminating with a home run derby. The team also led the group in stretching before huddling up and teaching the pre-game chant they use during the season that echoed throughout the school. Kids also had the opportunity to eat lunch with players. Hot dogs were generously donated by Abe’s Hot Dogs in Kingston.

The Graham Academy is dedicated to be a resource for the community. Ryan Binkley, PR and Marketing Coordinator for the Graham Academy, said “It’s great to see the community coming together for events like this. Everyone wins during these events, especially the kids who are provided an opportunity to have some fun. Their smiles tell the whole story.” Lackawanna College head coach, Chris Pensak, says this is one of the most rewarding events for his staff and team every year. “Each year, during our first team meetings, our players are asking if we are doing the clinic again. I believe they have as much or more fun than the kids. It’s good for them.”

For the Graham Academy, a Kingston based K-12 academic school for children living with autism and and for children with emotional challenges, being a resource for the special needs community is nothing new. President of the Graham Academy, Nick Ouellette, says “The Graham Academy strives to be a resource for the NEPA community.”

Established in 2008, The Graham Academy is a special education school in Kingston that serves students living with autism or emotional challenges. Currently, 66 students are enrolled in grades K – 12 from multiple school districts in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, and Schuylkill counties. For more information about The Graham Academy, please contact Nick Ouellette at 570-283-0641 or nouellette@thegrahamacademy.com. You can also visit thegrahamacademy.com.

PICTURED: Lackawanna College Baseball players and kids pose for a group photo during the Graham Academy’s 6th Annual Autism and Special Needs Community Baseball Clinic held February 7th. The event featured baseball skill training and lunch sponsored by Abe’s Hot Dogs and Bakery Delite.

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