SoCal Beep Baseball and San Gabriel Valley Panthers Present
The 1st Annual Pasadena Beep Baseball Bash
WHAT: SoCal Beep Baseball and the San Gabriel Valley Panthers, are holding their 1st Annual Beep Ball Bash; a fun, family-oriented fundraiser aimed at educating the public about the organization that brings America’s pastime to the blind and visually impaired.
The sport relies on beeping balls and bases to help players know when to swing or which base to run to. Attendees will be invited to try their hand at batting, base running and fielding while blindfolded. There will be a food truck, a silent auction and to culminate our event, the public will be able to watch a game in action, or even participate in it with a VIP ticket.
Pricing: The event is open to the public and entry to watch is free. Additional purchases can be made with cash or debit card at the registration table:
- $10 ticket to participate at all 3 beep baseball practice stations.
- $15 ticket for Habit Burger meal (vegetarian option available) with fries and fountain drink.
- $25 per shirt or hat; $40 for the bundle.
- $75 VIP ticket includes a shirt (or hat), a practice round at all 3 stations, a meal from Habit Burger food truck, and a chance to participate in the scrimmage game.
- All press may participate free-of-charge in the batting, hitting, and fielding stations.
WHEN: Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 4:00 – 9:00pm
WHERE: Brookside Park near the Rose Bowl Aquatics center on Baseball Diamond 3
360 N. Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103
EVENTS: 4:00 PM Event Commences
4:15- 6:15 PM Stations open for batting, base running, and field practice
5:30-7:00 PM The Habit food truck open
7:05 PM Singing of National Anthem by SGV Panther Player Bee Yang
7:10-8:40 PM Scrimmage Game
8:50 PM Silent Auction winners announced; Event Adjourns
CONTACT: Kerstin Brucki
About the team:
San Gabriel Valley Panthers is a team within the division SoCal Beep Baseball. The division belongs to the all-encompassing National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA). The association is “committed to fostering competition and camaraderie through the game of beep baseball for the blind and visually impaired.” The athletic opportunities offered through Beep Baseball give those with visual impairments the chance to participate in sports without restrictions. Darren Keepers founded beep baseball in South Pasadena, California in 2018, after learning the closest team is in Las Vegas, Nevada. Keepers lost his vision when he was five years old and dreamt of joining a beep baseball team. As an adult, through his own self-determination, he made his dreams become a reality when he established the San Gabriel Valley Panthers. Through these activities and competition, people who are blind and visually impaired will enjoy baseball just like those with full sight. Players are often thanking Keepers with smiles, and sometimes tears, for the opportunity. For some players, it is the chance to get back into sports after losing their vision. For others, it is an opportunity to explore a new hobby. Players and fans come from all over Southern California. In fact, one player travels weekly by train from Oxnard, and another player by car from San Diego. Keepers, coaches, and volunteers continue to pull resources for players to experience beep baseball in California.
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