EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State’s baseball and softball teams joined up to host the Beautiful Lives Project Field of Dreams event with co-founder Bryce Weiler Thursday 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, which MSU baseball and softball hosted for the second year in a row. Student-athletes from the Spartan baseball and softball teams went through different drills and activities with the students, ranging from playing catch to running the bases, fielding, pitching and hitting.
“We had a bunch of kids from the Lansing area come out and get a chance to play baseball and softball with our MSU baseball and softball teams, so it was a lot of fun for our players and the softball team. Most importantly, the kids that came out I think had a ball and that’s what it’s all about,” MSU baseball head coach Jake Boss Jr. said. “On the baseball side of it, it’s important for our guys to understand the importance of giving back. I think it helps our guys appreciate what we do have. I think they understand the platform that they’re given and the responsibility that comes with that platform. And most importantly, it’s a chance to put a smile on somebody’s face. If not for an afternoon, for maybe an hour, and when these kids light up running the bases or playing catch, or when they hit a ball and their face lights up again, that’s what it’s all about.”
— Michigan State Baseball (@MSUBaseball) September 28, 2023
Despite a large portion of participants needing to depart early to return to school, after all the on-field activities were completed, everyone took a group photo, Student-athletes from Spartan baseball and softball teams then took individual photos with the kids and signed autographs, and a dance-off even broke out.
“This is an awesome event. It’s so cool for our players to come out here and serve our community and hang out with some young kids and…