The Buddy Ball League of Grove City is celebrating the introduction of its new Ohio specialty license plate, “Baseball For All.”
The Buddy Ball League recently completed its inaugural season on the new Mirolo Dream Field at Mount Carmel Stadium in Grove City featuring a special rubberized surface to accommodate children who require wheelchairs, crutches or walkers.
The new plate helps spread the word about Grove City’s new Buddy Ball League regionally and across the country. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each plate is sent to the Dream Field Fund to help maintain the program, new field and necessary special equipment.
“We are truly proud of the fundraising our Little League® Board and community volunteers accomplished to help make this tremendous baseball field a reality for all central Ohio children,” said Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage.
An organizational license plate requires the passage of a bill by a state legislator. State Representative Cheryl Grossman worked diligently to introduce and encourage passage of House Bill 195 by members of the Ohio House of Representatives. Passage through the Ohio Senate was assisted by Senator Jim Hughes. “Baseball for All” legislation was approved and the plates went on sale Sept. 14.
“It has been heartwarming to witness the many special children participating in Buddy Ball,” said Grossman. “I am grateful to have been involved in helping make the option to purchase “Baseball For All” license plates available to all Ohioans.”
The Grove City Buddy Ball League already enjoys 100 players and always welcomes more. The program pairs a volunteer buddy when needed, to help players bat, run bases, catch and throw, and to provide encouragement.
For more information about the Grove City Buddy Ball League, visit gcdreamfield.com.
To support the Grove City Buddy Ball program, remember to request “Baseball For All” plates when you renew or visit bmv.ohio.gov/vr-sp-organization.aspx for additional information or to purchase plates online.