Alternative Baseball, an organization for those with disabilities, look to expand to Alaska
The Alternative Baseball Organization, based out of Dallas, Georgia is looking to make roots in Alaska bringing the sport to those with autism and other disabilities. Alternative Baseball is looking for managers, players and volunteers to help the program start in the 49th state. They even developed a baseball that can be played indoors during the winter months in Alaska.
Alternative Baseball has been bringing the sport to those that are 15 and older, while bringing awareness and inclusion. Commissioner, CEO and Executive Director Taylor Duncan, who has autism himself, came up with the initiative citing a lack of services for those who graduated from high school.
“The fact of the matter is we have a problem that is plaguing this entire country and even in a lot of parts of the world right now is where after they graduate from high school and after the 'Macho Man Randy Savage' music stops, well guess what so does their eligibility for services in their areas.” said Duncan.
Duncan and the ABO have made stops to ESPN, Ted Talks and other news organizations to help bring awareness. Here in Fairbanks, there is Special Olympics Tanana Valley and ASAP Soccer for those with autism and other disabilities, and Duncan wants to help bring baseball to those as well.
"We are trying to find that coach manager to help us get a new program started, not only in Fairbanks, but Anchorage and Juneau and any other community where we can find a coach manager and be able to send equipment to to help make them successful." said Duncan.
The program follows Major League rules (wood bats, base stealing, dropped third strike, etc.), and is a true typical team experience for others on the autism spectrum and special needs to help develop social skills for later in life, according to Alternative Baseball.
“We need more support, we need more inclusive opportunities and it takes society to say you know what we'll give them an opportunity to show what they can do and help them become the best they can be." said Duncan.
To learn more about the Alternative Baseball Organization, visit their website at