Lufkin's first Special Needs Softball teams step up to bat

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Hannah can't talk, but play after play, her face said it all.

"Hannah doesn't really get to do a lot of things that other kids get to do," said Hannah's mom Rebecca Sneigoski.

Now, she belongs to a team that gets her, no matter how messy life gets.

"Cool," said softball player Jared Ray enthusiastically.

Jared and Hannah play on different teams, but they both step up to bat with special needs.

"Well I love batting and running and sliding," Jared explained.

"It's every person's dream, parent's dream to see their child play sports and have fun," said President of East Texas Special Needs Softball League Deanna Ramsey.

"Really people take things for granted. They take their children's health for granted," Sneigoski said.

Something Hannah's mom has learned to never do.

"I don't know what to do without her and she has taught me so much about life. She's taught me about love. Taught me a whole new love. Taught me to smile, yes taught me to smile," she said.

All the players ran to win.

Lufkin Independent School District Superintendent Roy Knight said, "We've got kids with different talents and gifts and unique talents given them from God and they're out here using that. You can hear them in the background. Everyone scores boy what a wonderful day."

From the first pitch, there was no stopping the kids and parents from catching all the fun.

"Just to know that there's other parents out there that deal with the same issues you deal with and you're not alone," Ramsey said.

Jared wasn't so sure about playing, but Saturday, he found home.

He sang out, "It's the best day ever."

Ramsey said they are getting the field in Lufkin at Winston Park ready specifically for children with special needs to play on. They are hoping to have another session in the fall. Any special needs kids age 4 to 21 can sign up to play.