July and August are the two hottest months where Oklahoma summers are concerned. That is especially true in southwest Oklahoma where temperatures typically climb into the triple digits and then linger for days or weeks at a time with relief seldom coming in any other form but an air conditioning unit.
Doing outside activities during the day can be dangerous but it never seems to deter local children from going out and enjoying the day. Some beat the heat by going to the Linda Wiginton Aquatic Center while others choose to stay home and spend their time either in a pool, a water sprinkler, or on a Slip ‘N Slide.
Emily Bush and A League of Our Own chose to play baseball despite the stifling heat and kicked off their second annual baseball event on Tuesday.
Bush chose a later start time this year with children, parents, and volunteers all meeting at Cole Heights Park—Missile Park—at 8 p.m. Tuesday for an evening filled with fun, friendship, and laughter.
The event was a huge success with 20 athletes showing up to compete against one another in a friendly game of baseball.
Compared with last year’s inaugural event, this year has seen more special needs children in uniform and more “buddies” show up to help out in whatever way they can. Whether it be helping children get their first hit or helping the children run the basepath, volunteers were in abundance and were quick to celebrate with each child as they touched home plate to score a run for their team.
The smiles of the children were infectious and quickly spread to the faces of the adults as community members gathered together to celebrate the joy of children who have kept smiling despite being faced with many hardships in life.
“We had 20 athletes show up to the season opener and our athletes loved the game on Tuesday night. The bleachers were all full of family and friends who came to cheer on their favorite athletes,” Bush said. “I love to see our athletes outside of school interacting with their peers in a way they may not have had a chance to do before.”
For any who wanted to volunteer but feel they may have missed their chance, the League will continue to play baseball July 18 and 25 with a scheduled start time of 8 p.m.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.