League of Dreams was founded in 2004 by Frank Kolarek, a former professional ballplayer whose passion for the game is second only to his passion for helping others. League of Dreams is responsible for forming baseball and softball leagues, scheduling games and tournaments and providing instructional camps and clinics, as well as equipment, uniforms and trophies for individuals who might not otherwise have an opportunity to play.
His inspiration came while on a golf course. He was talking with a friend who had disabled children, and suddenly realized there was so much more he could personally do to help the disabled and engage them in sports. He wanted to give back to his community and make his dream a reality right away.
He rallied a handful of volunteers and shared his passion to provide opportunities for children and adults of all ability levels to be included and engaged with their community through the great games of baseball and softball.
League of Dreams is all about teamwork and giving. But mostly, it’s about enriching lives. Even yours. Our volunteers are the backbone of League of Dreams. We would not exist today without their energy, commitment and enthusiasm. They are a coach who tirelessly works with a developmentally disabled child till she can actually swing a bat. They are a father who drives kids to a field when they would otherwise not be able to attend. They are a mom who publishes her photos in a blog for other parents to see. They are a family that leads a fundraising activity to purchase new uniforms. And best of all, when you volunteer for League of Dreams, you may be helping others, but you’ll reap the biggest rewards of all.
Today, League of Dreams is involved in many activities, including-
- The formation of baseball and softball leagues for children and adults ages 5-21 of all ability levels
- Organizing schedules of games and tournaments and giving awards and medals to participants
- Offering instructional camps and clinics
- Providing access to fields, equipment and uniforms
- Holding “end of year” celebrations and special events for participants, their caregivers and family members.