Saturday at 6 pm the 23rd ranked Lamar Cardinals will host Mississippi Valley State in Beaumont. Fans will also be treated to another game at halftime.
Adaptive Sports for Kids (A.S.K.) will play a game of flag football and show the fans what those with special needs can do. And of course playing in a big stadium and a large crowd will be something they won’t forget.
A.S.K. is a non-profit organization that was formed in December of 2011. The goal is to give children and adults with special needs the opportunity to play sports, all at no cost to them. They also work with “buddies” which a lot of times are high school kids who get to coach and interact with the ASK athletes. It’s a rewarding experience for both.
The idea came from a meeting between ASK board member Allen Nation and Athletic Director Marco Born.
“When I heard they were having a Meet the Coaches event at First Financial Bank, I decided to go because for several years ASK has had the opportunity to have our Opening Day of baseball at Vincent-Beck Stadium,” Nation said. “I wanted to thank them for allowing us to play there. And then I met Mr. Born. A short visit turned into a phone call and an invitation to play at halftime of the LU football game. Our players were were as excited as I was.”
Currently ASK plays baseball, taekwondo, cheer, soccer, flag football, and basketball. If you have a special needs child or adult, or if you have a group that would like to be “buddies” you can learn more at www.adaptivesportsforkids.com
-Gary Stelly, KOGT-