Special Olympics Kansas Receives ‘Major’ Grant for Upcoming Softball Season

MISSION, KS, 8/17/2023  –  Special Olympics Kansas announces the exciting start to the 2023 softball season with the help of a grant from the Major League Baseball Youth Development Foundation (MLBYDF). This grant represents a significant milestone for Special Olympics Kansas in having more opportunities for their athletes to demonstrate skill, improve overall fitness, and build relationships through sports.

MLBYDF is a joint initiative by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to support efforts that focus on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States. 

Erin Fletcher, Director of Grants and Development for Special Olympics Kansas, knows the season will be successful due to this support.

“This grant has enabled us to reach so many athletes,” says Fletcher, “and it will provide them with the skills and equipment they need to be successful.”

The fall season marks the start of softball. Teams are currently forming and practices have started. Special Olympics Kansas offers Slow Pitch Softball, Coach Pitch Softball, T-Ball, and a Home Run Derby as part of the season to athletes across Kansas. 

The season kicks off September 16 with a tournament in Basehor and another in Wichita. The State Fall Outdoor Classic will be the weekend of September 29 in Wichita.