Community Support for Adaptive Athletes

This past weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to support the Babcock Bunch at The Carroll Center for the Blind’s 4th Annual Canine Walk and Family Fair. The team was led by my personal inspiration, Madeleine Babcock, who was born with glaucoma and aniridia. Both of these conditions left her blind in her right eye and with poor vision in her left, but she lets nothing stop her. Madeleine is currently training for the 2020 Paralympics and I’m confident that we’ll see her in Tokyo.

Shelby at Carroll WalkThe Carroll Canine Walk is a wonderful way to celebrate local athletes with disabilities and showcase the incredible support the community has to offer. Hundreds of people gathered for the one mile walk around the beautiful Carroll campus in Newton on a gorgeous Sunday morning.

The Family Fair also featured various vendors and games for the athletes to participate in. I was incredibly impressed and inspired by the beep baseball demo, which is essentially a ball that beeps as it gets closer to home plate. Absolutely nothing stops these athletes from participating in sports they love.

Adaptive Sports New England is also committed to supporting local athletes with disabilities. If you live in the Greater Boston area and you have a physical disability or a visual impairment, we’d love to meet you at one of our upcoming events.


*Liz S. Hosman is a vice president at March Communications, a full-service public relations agency, that provides support for Adaptive Sports New England. The featured dog is my beloved Border Collie, Shelby. She also had a great time at the walk.