Lighthouse Employees Headed to Argentina to Teach Beep Baseball
The Austin Blackhawks, Austin’s beep baseball team, are sending a team of players to Buenos Aires, Argentina this Fall to introduce blind athletes to the game of beep baseball. Amongst the traveling members are two employees from the Austin Lighthouse, Brandon Chesser and Dariuhs Sterling. On the trip, the team will focus on educating the athletes about beep baseball and blind independence.
The nine-time World Champion Blackhawks, founded in 1985, include three other Lighthouse employees: co-founder Wayne Sibson, Pamela Chesser and Robert Perez. The team recently placed seventh in the 2019 World Championship tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma in July.
While in Buenos Aires, the Blackhawks will have an opportunity to learn to play soccer with Argentina’s blind soccer team, which recently played in the World Championships in Brazil. “This is going to be an awesome trip! Two World Championship Blind teams getting together to educate each other on their beloved sport, I can’t think of any other way to spend a Blind Sports/Blind Independence trip,” says Chesser. This will be the fifth international goodwill trip for the team. They’ve previously traveled to Puerto Rico, Canada, Taiwan and Dominican Republic.
You can catch the Hawks in action at the Tyler Tournament on October 12 and the Beep Ball Extravaganza in Dallas on October 26. For more information about the Blackhawks and how you can support the team, visit www.sportsvision2020.org. Learn more about beep baseball at www.nbba.org.
Travis Association for the Blind is a proud sponsor of the Austin Blackhawks.