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Everyone can play

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Being able to throw a baseball around is something most kids take for granted, but for some it's really a dream come true.

They are taking part in a program called "Everyone Can Play." It pairs up high school athletes with special needs children. Cheyanna Shields is getting to play with Alexa Russo.

"They are like my big sister. Part of my family and supporting me," Cheyanna said.

"I just want to try to motivate them and give them the chance to play like I have the chance. And it's just an honor to help them," Alex said.

This was all started by Owen Sarwatka three years ago as an Eagle Scout project, and it has grown a lot in a short amount of time.

"Probably 20 different high schools are participating, and there are three or four different high school baseball teams that will be at this event," Owen explained.

Richie Warren, the head coach at Jesuit High School in Tampa, has his team participate because it's such a great thing to do for the special needs kids.

"I thought this would be a great one for our baseball team to do just to kick start our season you with a great organization helping kids in need," Richie said.

And for Paul Russo, spending a day with these special kids and teaching them about a sport he loves is the perfect day.

"When you are able to give back to children that love the game of baseball, it gives those children the opportunity to enjoy the game," he said.

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