Little Whiffles Program a Rewarding Volunteer Option

Letter to the editor from NHS student Morgan Fox as a journalism assignment.

Dear Editor:

In my community, a group of students volunteer their time to play with children with a wide variety of disabilities. This organization is a Challenger League called “Little Wiffles” that is under the Norton Youth Baseball/Softball League.   On Saturday mornings   twenty- two players and thirty volunteers called ”Base Buddies” come out and play wiffle ball and kickball. Player’s ages range from four and up.

On Saturday mornings, Base Buddies come out to the baseball field at the high schools parking lot to help these children one on one.  We help strengthen their playing skills and interaction skills.  Little Wiffles gives children with a disability a chance to play a sport that they normally would not participate in.  My mom started the program of Little Wiffles and we are now into our third season.   We play in the fall and spring every Saturday mornings at nine a.m. for an hour.   With this program, volunteers have grown close to the children and consider them as friends.  Not only have the volunteers changed but the players have too.  The children have grown tremendously and have succeeded in multiple ways.  Without the volunteers and the courage of these children to come out and play we would not be the program we are today.  The volunteers have formed a bond with their player and have grown as a person, became more mature and have a greater understanding of what children go through with some type of disability.

With this program, everyone; players, coaches, Base Buddies and parents have helped make this project a success.  Just stop by one Saturday morning and you will see how much fun these children are having.  Anyone who comes and watches will be very surprised when seeing the bonds that have been formed and the skills these children have learned.  This program has greatly impacted everyone’s life.

“You will laugh and cry at the same time, if you have an open mind.”-Meg Fox


Morgan Fox

Volunteering can change someone’s life, even if it’s for one hour.

Norton High School

Meg Fox October 12, 2011 at 12:37 PM
The Base Buddies are a group of amazing students that come out every Saturday to help out. I am very proud of each and every one of them. The players are my heroes!Thank you, Meg Fox
Beth McManus October 12, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Morgan what a very inspiring program to write your journalism assignment on! I encourage everyone if you have time on a Saturday morning go to the field and watch this program in action. I promise you will leave maybe with a few tears in your eyes but definitely with a happy heart. The interaction between the base buddies (high school volunteers) and these young children is truly an amazing sight to behold. The program's adult volunteers Morgan's mom Meg Fox & Lynn Regan are two of the finest women I have ever had the privilege to have known and are a great example for our students. I thank you Morgan for drawing attention to one of the many good things that happen at Norton High School and for your participation in this program. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said "It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself." I am happy to know that the students of Norton High School are learning this valuable lesson. Beth McManus Norton School Committee
Sheila Gaudet October 12, 2011 at 06:39 PM
It is great that a community the size of Norton offers this league to the children in the community. Programs like this are most successful when they have a core group of positive, dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers. Thanks to Morgan and her fellow students (and others) who volunteer to make it a success!
jen melin October 18, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Unbelievable!!!!! These people are Angels!!!!!!!!My son goes on Saturday mornings, and he has a blast!!!!!!!! god bless you all!!!!! xoxoxo


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