New Placentia Champion's League Hits a Home Run for Children With Disabilities - Opening Ceremony to Feature New League - 2/22/14

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| Source: Fullerton Cares

PLACENTIA, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Placentia PONY Baseball will be offering a new Champion's League dedicated to helping children with special needs and developmental disabilities to participate in the game of baseball, with Opening Day featuring the first game on February 22, 2014, at Champions Park in Placentia at 11:00am.

The Champion's League is intended to create a safe and fun baseball experience for children with special needs, ages 4 and up, for a 12-week season at a cost of $25 per player thanks to the local community including Placentia PONY, DMA Insurance and Fullerton Cares. Flyer: http://www.placentiapony.com/news_article/show/305065?referrer_id=950262

In support of the new Champion's League, 120 golfers are anticipated at the "Placentia PONY Baseball Inaugural" golf tournament at the Black Gold Golf Club on January 31, to assist in funding the new Champion's League, with registration starting at 10:15am, shotgun start at 12pm, a helicopter ball drop at 5:15pm and Dinner at 5:30pm. Flyer: http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0045/6473/Brouchure.pdf

Supporting the league is Fullerton Cares, a coalition designed to give back to the local autism community. Says Fullerton Cares Founder, Larry Houser, of Fullerton, "The league will help bridge acceptance in the community and provide inclusion for those affected by autism with this groundbreaking special needs baseball program."

Inspired by his child's participation in PONY Baseball, father Tim Wetzel, of Placentia, helped to spearhead this initiative along with parent Dito Armento who helps raise the funds and awareness necessary. Together Wetzel and Armento hope to make baseball inclusive of all people of all abilities in Placentia California. Says Wetzel,"We are excited to grow our league in this exciting new direction and would like to invite all those interested in volunteering or playing in our new Champion's League."

Public Information, registration and sponsorship: timwetzel@hotmail.com and http://www.placentiapony.com. Bilingual participants can call (714) 343-1142 to register.

ABOUT FULLERTON CARES: Awareness, acceptance and fundraising are the pillars of Fullerton Cares, which spreads the message of autism throughout North OC and was founded by Lawrence Houser, 36, father to Boyd Houser, 5, who was diagnosed with autism at age two. Raising funds for autism charities and autism programs in Fullerton schools through organizing comedy nights, golf tournaments, and Mardi Gras fundraisers, Fullerton Cares was founded in 2009 and has since raised over $53,000 to support autism initiatives. http://fullertoncares.com/ 
https://www.facebook.com/FullertonCaresAutismFoundation

ABOUT PONY BASEBALL: PONY ("Protect Our Nation's Youth") Baseball is an international organization that was originally established in the 1950's that is dedicated to helping young children grow into happy and healthy adults through baseball and softball. To learn more about the Placentia PONY Champion's League visit, http://www.placentiapony.com/news_article/show/305065?referrer_id=946082
To register, contact timwetzel@hotmail.com.

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