Kyle Byrd, a five-year-old boy with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), had his wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America to play baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks. During Kyle’s visit to Phoenix Chase Field, he received a personalized baseball practice with some of the Diamondback players, a tour of the clubhouse and partook in a team picture before their batting practice. To top off this special day, he threw out the first pitch for the Diamondbacks against the Colorado Rockies!
Both Kyle and his sister Laura have SMA Type II. They are bound to their motorized wheelchairs, but are able to move with a range of upper-body motions and breathe on their own. Despite having SMA Type II, their eager and positive attitudes have helped keep them strong and enjoy each and every day.
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This Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the Arizona Diamondback’s newest player, Kyle. American author H. Jackson Brown, Jr. once said, “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” Kyle has proven that he will never let the odds keep him down. He is always ready to make his dreams come true.
Playing sports from a young age will can children to increase their physical activity and also develop physical and social skills. Here at Step2, we encourage active play and offer a variety in toddler sports toys. Many of our products incorporate different sports into one product. We will soon have a toy that is dedicated solely to basketball. Towards the end of summer, we will be rolling out three new basketball items, including a new basketball hoop. In the meantime, check out these other great sports items from Step2.
Sports-Tastic Activity Center: For children 12 months and up, this activity center includes a variety of sports activities in one play structure. Your little one can drop the ball in the mini basketball hoop or hit the baseball with the bat. In addition, he or she can use the slide when they are not playing with the different sports accessories.
Kickback Soccer Goal & Pitch Back: This sports toy encourages children to play together. Kids can play hockey or soccer with the included accessories or use the back of the goal for pitching practice.
Double Play Sports Baseball & Golf Set: Score a hole in one with the Double Play Sports Baseball & Golf set. This sports set allows little ones to play putt-putt or tee ball, which can help with hand-eye coordination and batting skills.
Do you think it is important for children to dabble in sports at an early age?