Baseball and kids…a classic combination

By: Courtenay Holden, Marketing and Communications, Our Children's Vision

Baseball and kids are a classic combination, but what happens when those kids struggle to see? When they can’t see clearly enough to catch a fly ball, connect with a pitch, or read the scoreboard? But it isn’t just about their performance on the field, children with uncorrected vision are hindered in the classroom and in every aspect of their lives.

Our Children’s Vision and Major League Baseball Players Trust are joining forces today, on World Sight Day, to combat the unnecessary effects of childhood vision impairment by providing hundreds of school children from Gary, Indiana with free eye care and glasses.

“The consequences of a child not being able to see clearly cannot be underestimated,” explained Professor Kovin Naidoo, Campaign Director for Our Children’s Vision. “These children are often misunderstood as being unintelligent, un-athletic, and introverted. When in reality they are simply unable to see well enough to get involved and enjoy the things kids love to do.”

We are excited to have former Major Leaguers, Kenny Lofton and LaTroy Hawkins on board to help us share the message of eye care and health.

“When we give these kids a pair of glasses it will be such a transforming experience for them – on the field, and in the classroom,” said Lofton. “It is important that kids here in the US, and around the world, are able to participate in sports and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. One of the key elements to that is having clear, healthy vision.”

“It’s an honor for me to return home and represent all Major Leaguers and the Players Trust in joining Our Children’s Vision to provide free screenings for local youth,” stated Hawkins.  “Many of us take for granted simple procedures such as an eye exam, but for these children this effort can be life altering.  I thank everyone involved in this project for selecting Gary as the location for this great event.  We encourage all community leaders to step to the plate to ensure that our children have access to similar vision tests.”

An estimated 1 in 4 children in the US have a vison problem that is significant enough to affect their learning. An eye exam and a pair of glasses can set off a chain reaction that dramatically improves their lives.  And yet millions of children in America do not have access to this simple solution.

We thank Daniel Hale Williams Elementary School for hosting us, and the Illinois Eye Institute Princeton Vision Clinic, The Optical Foundation, Indiana University College of Optometry, Illinois College of Optometry, Moses Eyecare, Benavente Eyecare, Essilor Vision Foundation, REVO, Good-Lite Company and Lombart Instruments. Without their support this day could not take place. From all the team at Our Children’s Vision – we thank you.

 

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