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Charlotte Stone Crabs host first Disability Awareness Night

Posted at 5:44 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 17:44:16-04

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Baseball lovers got a special performance Monday night at the Charlotte Stone Crabs game during the inaugural Disability Awareness Night.

Ask anyone who works at the Loveland Center in Venice, Florida, and they will tell you the same thing.  “Never a bad day there.”

The center provides education and direction for special populations.  “We run an adult day training program, so basically from 9 to 3 we provide services in a school-like setting."

Cape Coral USA Dance president Carol Davis has taught two students, Kristen and Katie, for 5 years now.  “It’s a great exercise and I like it this way also.”

And it’s experiences like Monday’s baseball game that puts smiles on their faces.  “This is ultimately what we are here for…to provide experiences people can’t always get.”

So under the lights and crowds, the two strutted their stuff in honor of disability night.

“They just want to be seen as an equal.  So it’s smiles and high-fives every day.”

Many of the students at the Loveland Center took to the field with Stone Crabs players for the national anthem, standing side-by-side as equals on the field in honoring our nation.