EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s baseball and softball teams hosted a Beautiful Lives Project event and co-founder Bryce Weiler Wednesday afternoon at McLane Stadium at Kobs Field.
Beautiful Lives Project provides people with disabilities the opportunity to actively participate in activities and events that may not have been available to them previously due to physical or facility limitations.
Nearly 100 people participated in the event, with members of the Spartan baseball and softball teams going through different drills and activities, ranging from playing catch to running the bases, fielding, pitching and hitting.
“I think it’s important for us to be involved in the community as much as we are able to. I think it’s great for our guys to build new relationships away from the field, away from Michigan State,” MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “I think a lot of these kids that were here today really look up to our players and I think it’s important that they understand the platform that they have as student-athletes, and the impact that they can make on somebody else because of that platform. When you see those people out here playing with our baseball and softball players, and both kids and adults walk out of here smiling ear to ear, I think that’s what it’s all about.”
The impact of the event was meaningful for the student-athletes as well. MSU softball senior catcher Kendall Kates was at a station playing catch with the kids, and the event left a lasting impression on her.
“This experience was amazing,” Kates said. “I think it says a lot about our team. I think we’re really willing to do things like this.”
“They taught us more today than we taught them.”
— MSU Softball (@MSU_Softball) September 21, 2022
After all the on-field activities were completed, everyone took a group photo, and then Weiler spoke to the Spartan baseball and softball teams.
After his speech, Weiler fielded some questions from the group, then played catch with new Spartan baseball director of player development and former World Series champion Adam Eaton.
Pretty cool moment after the event:
Bryce Weiler and Adam Eaton, MSU’s new director of player development and 2019 World Series…