Murfreesboro Post, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 17 December 2006, CAPE helps special needs athletes compete
It was baseball season, and [Rick] Ryan, a Murfreesboro resident, coached a special needs child. The mentally challenged child loved baseball but wasn’t going to be able to compete at a higher level. Ryan wanted the child to stay involved with baseball, so he inquired as to whether there was a league for special needs children.
He decided to see what he could do for special needs children in the area, and the organization Challenged Athletes Playing Equally was born.
Jennifer King’s son Tanner didn’t have a positive experience at school. The other children laughed at him and were mean because he’s autistic. Therefore, King decided to home-school her child. Home-schooling Tanner prevented other children from harassing him, but he needed a way to meet others.
King heard about the program and took Tanner to watch a baseball game.
“Rick took him off, talked to him,” said King, a paramedic with Rutherford County Ambulance Service. “Rick invited him to play for the travel league.”
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