BANGOR – A startup baseball league is looking to add a team in Bangor.
Alternative Baseball, a league for teens and adults with autism and other disabilities to gain social and physical skills for success in life on and off the diamond, is looking for volunteers to start a league in Bangor.
Commissioner and creator, Taylor Duncan, says the league has clubs all around the country and has secured teams in upstate New York and Jersey City, New Jersey.
Duncan, who is autistic, recently had the league featured on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and NBC’s TODAY Show. He says he’s excited to possibly get a team up in Maine, as it offers much more than baseball.
“Think of it like a baseball experience, not just a league, not just playing the game of baseball but think of it as an overall experience. Where you get to form friendships with others just like yourself who are in similar shoes and the friendships that you make here are going to be ones that you can take with you wherever you go,” Duncan said.
The biggest reason Duncan wanted to start Alternative Baseball was because once young adults are out of school they don’t have access to resources geared towards people with disabilities. Duncan says the league gives them that outlet.
“It’s a fantastic experience because you get a look at what we can do not what we can’t but how we break the barrier and how we power through the perception and provide those inclusive opportunities for the very first time for a lot of those players,” Duncan added.
If interested in being a part of Alternative Baseball you can visit its website. Duncan says the league hopes to start playing again in the spring.