The Lions Step In
Lions clubs across the United States support beep baseball teams in their communities by contributing time, money and team spirit, so visually impaired athletes can enjoy their love of the game. Lions volunteer on the field as field judges, base operators, spotters and umpires. They also volunteer off the field by keeping score, managing information tents and doggie daycare tents, bringing water to the players and cheering them on. Through sponsorships, Lions send teams to various tournaments and the Beep Baseball World Series to help players achieve their dream of being champions.
Beep baseball is a fun, hands-on service activity that gives Lions the chance to work side by side with blind and visually impaired individuals. Kevin Barrett, past president of the Broadview Heights Lions Club, said, “As knights of the blind, we’re able to work with the sight impaired to help them have a healthy and beneficial activity. And at the same time, we’re recruiting new members for the Lions through the visually impaired community and families.”
A beep baseball game is generally six innings long. The batter and fielders are blindfolded. There are only two bases, and they also beep. The National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) is made up of 26 U.S. teams, plus one in Taiwan.