The Wake Forest Dream League will celebrate its 10th anniversary season during a special Opening Day on Saturday, April 22, at Heritage High Park. Dream League Opening Day 2017 will begin with player introductions at 10 a.m., followed by the ceremonial throwing of the first pitch of the season by Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones. The opening day event is free and the entire community is invited to join in.
Open to school-age participants with special needs, the Wake Forest Dream League got it’s start due to the vision of two brothers, Maurice and Nicholas Savage. Maurice and Nicholas sought assistance from the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department in developing and administering a baseball league for children with special needs. Their younger brother, Victor, who at the time was 10 years old had been on the sidelines due to multiple disabilities. He was their motivation in starting a new league and giving him a place to play.
The league got it’s start with the opening game played on April 26, 2008, with 20 area players signed onto the roster. In the last 10 years, over 200 athletes have enjoyed playing America’s favorite pastime in the Wake Forest Dream League. Right along side the athletes, over 1,000 “buddies” have provided support, encouragement and assistance with the league’s athletes.
In addition, 10 years after the league’s inception, Diane Savage, the mother of Maurice and Nicholas, continues to serve as the program’s volunteer coordinator. Bring your family out to cheer on the Dream League athletes. They play all of their games at Heritage High Park on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The season runs through late May, for the game schedule click here.
For more information, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/dream-league-baseball.aspx.