Blind baseball promotion continues in Italy

Blind baseball promotion continues in Italy
30/05/2022
The Italian Blind Baseball Association, a WBSC Associate Member, works on a new team in Sicily. Four clubs participating in the eleven-team National League contributed to inclusivity initiatives.

The Blind Baseball Italian Association (AIBxC; a WBSC Associate Member) is working to help launch a new team in Sicily. Instructors Barbara Menoni and Salvatore Condorelli held a clinic in Catania on Saturday, 28 May. Eleven visually impaired players, three under the age of 20, and four local baseball club Raptors members participated in the event.

AIBxC runs the eleven-team Italian Blind Baseball League (LIBCI). Four of the teams participated in promotional activities.

On Sunday, 22 May, the Blind Fighters partnered with the Italian Red Cross to promote blind baseball as a tool to improve inclusivity during an event in Sesto Fiorentino, near Florence.

Leonessa Brescia, Thunder's Five and Lampi Milano participated in two different initiatives on Saturday, 28 May.

Leonessa took blind baseball to elementary schools and high schools thanks to the collaboration with two different clubs in Verona and Rovigo. Players Sarwar Ghulam, Qadeer Asghar, and coaches Samantha Pellegrinelli, Lucia Fietta and Anthony Oswaldo Arteaga, participated in the event.

Thunder's Five and Lampi partnered with the Milano 1946 baseball club and the Lions Club International to raise awareness for the Baseball for All project, which aims at building a field dedicated to blind baseball in Milan.

The Patrini Malnate announced that their documentary La libertà in un diamante (Feeling free thanks to a diamond), which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the team, will premiere on Wednesday, 1 June.