The Wake Forest Dream League is inviting area residents to help celebrate its 11th anniversary season during a special Opening Day on Saturday, April 14, at Heritage High Park, 1140 Forestville Road.
Free and open to the public, Opening Day 2018 will begin with player introductions at 10 a.m., followed by the ceremonial throwing of the first pitch of the season by Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones.
The following sponsors have generously contributed to this season’s Wake Forest Dream League: ShipOnSite of Wake Forest, GB Technologies, Inc., and the Savage Brothers.
Open to school-age participants with special needs, the Wake Forest Dream League is the result of a vision of two brothers, Maurice and Nicholas Savage. In 2007 Maurice and Nicholas sought assistance from the Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department in developing and administering a baseball league for children with special needs.
League play began on April 26, 2008, with nearly 20 area children signed on to participate. Since then well over 220 young people have enjoyed playing America’s favorite pastime in the Wake Forest Dream League, while approximately 1,000 “buddies” have provided encouragement and assistance with the league’s athletes.
In addition, 11 years after the league’s inception, Diane Savage, the mother of Maurice and Nicholas, continues to serve as the program’s volunteer coordinator.
The Dream League will play all of its games at Heritage High Park on Saturdays at 10 a.m. through late May.