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We need your help! Looking for volunteers to help with two events

We need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to help us with two events.  If you have a few hours to spare, we have two events where we need some help to make the event a success.

Rock Climbing fundraiser – Looking for Volunteers: Belayers needed!

Central Rock Gym is hosting this event to help us raise money to travel to Chicago and the World Series this year:

A rock climber being belayed. We are looking for volunteers to help us belay in April

When:  Saturday April 22 from 12:30-4:00

Where:  Central Rock Gym, Watertown located at 74 Acton Street, Watertown

What we are looking for: We need help to belay our climbers.  This involves holding the ropes and helping the climbers enjoy the event.  You do not need experience but must be physically able to do the job.  We have a belay class that will start at 12:30 where you will receive training.  This is free and will also help you if you ever want to climb on your own with friends.  The event begins at 1:00 for the climbers.

Sign up here:  http://tinyurl.com/volunteering-for-rock-climbing

 

Beep Baseball Tournament – Looking for Volunteers: Umpires needed

The Woburn Host Lions are hosting six teams in the regions biggest beep baseball tournament in history.  We will have 6 teams competing to be crowned the best team on the east coast.  We will be running three different games at the same time and need at least 15 volunteers to make this work for three different time slots.  Come be a part of history and watch some of the regions most inspiring athletes! (Please note we play in many weather conditions including drizzle, showers and sometimes rain.)

Photo of the 4 teams who competed in Woburn in 2015. We are looking for Volunteers to help with the event in 2017

Photo of the 4 teams who competed in Woburn in 2015. We are looking for Volunteers to help with the event in 2017

When:  Saturday July 8 All day:  time slots for games are roughly 8:40-11:30 am, 11:10 am-1:30 pm and 2:10-4:30 pm

Where:  Joyce Middle School located at 55 Locust street in Woburn

What we are looking for: We need the following roles:

Field umpires – these volunteers will stand in the field and help the home plate umpire make the right decision on when a defensive player has made the stop.  These people must be mobile, have good eye sight and be able to stand on their feet for about 2 hours. This person will be exposed to the sun and or rain

Base umpires – The volunteers will stand in foul territory and help the home plate umpire determine exactly when a base runner touches the base.  They will also make sure the base is set up before the next play so the hitter can hear the buzzer inside the base.   These volunteers need to have good eye sight and the willingness to stand in bad weather conditions.  They can easily be seated in a chair between innings if needed

Base Switch operators – These volunteers will sit behind home plate and be in charge of setting the bases off when the ball is pitched using a switch.  This role merely requires good hearing and the ability to flick a switch consistently at the same time.  This person will also be under a canopy to protect the base switch from the elements and will be seated for the duration of the game

Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/volunteering-for-home-game

 

Touch the top: Rock Climbing with the Renegades at Central Rock Gym Saturday, April 22

Flyer with details about the Renegade rock Climbing event

Have you ever wanted to try Rock Climbing?

Have you ever wanted to support your favorite blind baseball team, the Boston Renegades?  Here is a chance to do both!  Join the Boston Renegades for an afternoon of Rock Climbing at Central Rock Gym in Watertown, Mass on Saturday April 22nd from 1:00-4:00 in the afternoon.  Central Rock Gym is partnering with the Renegades for the third year and is offering you a special price that  is lower than if you walked off the street to climb!  100% of the funds go to the Renegades and 100% of the fun goes to you!

 

Ben Coiner and Jamie Dickerson prepare Aqil Sajjad to climb the wall at Central Rock Gym in 2016

All proceeds from the event go to help fund the Renegades as they travel to the World Series in West Palm Beach Florida to compete against the top teams of beep baseball around the country and chase a dream for a World Championship

Included in your $35 experience are:

  • Free Belaying class at noon before the rock climbing event
  • Climbing Equipment
  • Food & Drink
  • Free belay for visual impaired climbers

Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette scales the wall at Central Rock Gym in 2016

Whether you are a first time rock climber, or have been climbing for years, support the Renegades and climb with them.

• Challenge yourself and climb with a blindfold
• Create team building experience for your family and friends
• Exercise and have fun and support a great charity!
• A chance to win fun prizes in our raffle
 
 
 
 
 

When

Saturday April 22nd from 1:00-4:00 in the afternoon

Where

Central Rock Gym is located at 74 Acton Street in Watertown, Massachusetts

Pre-registration is required.  Please make sure to sign your waiver form and make your payment here:  Please use this link to sign up.

Would you like to volunteer to help that day?

If you are interested in Volunteering to help us belay:  Please sign up here

Thank You!

A big THANK YOU to our sponsors for this event!

 

Questions

If you have any questions, Please contact us at bostonrenegades@gmail.com

We hope to see you at the top!!!
 

Bowl-a-thon fundraiser for the Renegades on January 28th

Cartoon of a logo for Bowl-a-thon

Come support the Boston Renegades by bringing your friends and family for an afternoon of bowling at our Bowl-a-thon fundraiser.  Thanks to the Woburn Host Lions, we have partnered with the Woburn Bowladrome to host the event.  Proceeds from this event will go to help support the Renegades’ expenses for the 2017 season,  during which we plan to travel to Lincroft, NJ, Bolingbrook, IL and West Palm Beach Florida.  The cost of the event is $35 per person.

Details of the Bowl-a-thon

Where:

Woburn Bowladrome located at 32 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA  01801

When:

Saturday, January 28th from 12-2 PM.  Registration opens at 11:30am

Your $35 donation includes two frames of Candlepin Bowling, 2 slices of Pizza and a soft drink.  It is also a donation to the team to help us with our travel expenses.  We encourage people to pre-register.  Pre-registration does not cost anything, but it will help us plan for the food and help expedite your process of getting onto a lane on the day of the event.  Please bring cash or a check made out to Association of Blind Citizens.  We are unable to accept credit card payments at this time.

Pre-register for the Bowl-a-thon

You can register for the Bowl-a-thon using either of the methods listed below.   Pre-registration will really help us plan the number of lanes we need and amount of food to purchase.   Teams will be comprised of five individuals.  Team Captains, please list put your team name on the eventbrite pre-registration form.

Do you use Facebook?

We have set up a Facebook event so that you can see who is coming and you can invite people to join us. If you plan to go to the event and are on Facebook, please purchase a ticket by pre-registering on that page.  The Facebook pre-registration will take you to an event we have created on Eventbrite where you can enter your information, what team you may be bowling on, which Renegade you are supporting and truly help us plan better.  The Facebook link is here.

If you don’t use facebook, join us on Eventbrite

If you are not on Facebook, you can go straight to the Eventbrite event to register, here.

Questions?

Please contact  Joe Quintanilla (joeqman@verizon.net), Larry Haile (hailelarry1@icloud.com), or any Boston Renegades team member.

Jet Blue donates $1,000 to the Boston Renegades

Aaron Proctor pictured here umpiring a game against the Woburn Lions in 2011Aaron Proctor, joined the Renegades in the 2009 season and was a full time coach during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons.  During that time, Aaron donated countless hours as a volunteer on and off the field.  While on the field, Aaron was generally helping us to run base running and defensive drills.  Though he did not have a baseball background he was eager to pitch in and help and was able to work the guys hard.  Off the field, Aaron was always eager to help.  He helped the team edit some coaching videos as well as put together a program that we gave out to people attending our first home tournament in 2010.  He was also a big presence in helping a few of the guys on the teams with rides to and from practice.  During this part of his life, he also started to work with Jet Blue as he had needed a break from his career in being a Pharmacist.

This season, Aaron could not participate as he wanted to because of conflicts with his work schedule.  Though he was unable to be part of the official practices, he made sure that Justen Proctor was there.  He also helped us during some side session work outs leading up to the world Series.  Sometimes, shooting video, sometimes shagging balls, or even calling in defensive drills.  Aaron was also with us for a few days of the World Series to lend a hand on the bench during games.  Aaron has hopes of being more involved with the team in the 2017 season.

For Aaron’s work with the Renegades, Jet Blue awarded him and the team a $1,000 grant through a program called JetBlue For Good.  Jet Blue for good Celebrated Philanthropy Month in November. This commemorative month recognizes philanthropy and those who actively volunteer in their various communities.  We are thankful for their contribution to our program.  For more information on their program and the programs they chose to support please go to Jet Blue for Good 

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September 11 – Come join us in Woburn for a game and a party

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The Woburn Lions pitch to their own team and we allow them to take their blindlofd off if they can’t hit it…but they must run with the blind fold on…which is normally pretty funny to watch

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Taking hacks with a blindfold on is not easy

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Its very rare for a Lion to make a play on defense…but it does happen..and they get better every year!

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Bryan Grillo is the Renegade who introduced us tot he Woburn Host Lions so its fitting he and the Lion are in this picture.

On Sunday, September 11th at 12:00 in Woburn, the Woburn Host Lions will be taking on the Renegades in a charity beep baseball game.  The game will take place at the Joyce Middle School located at 55 Locust Street in Woburn Mass.  The game will end at 1:30 and after this, the group will go to the Crowne Plaza Hotel located in Woburn at 15 Middlesex Canal Park Dr for a post party.  Come join the Renegades and the Lions for an afternoon of beep baseball and then grab some food afterwards at the Crowne Plaza and celebrate the Renegades amazing 2016 season.

The Woburn Host Lions have been working with the Renegades since the 2009 season.  Every year they run an event with the Renegades.  They have played us in numerous games.  They have sponsored an afternoon at the movies where we debuted our documentary on the screen (and our coach got engaged in front of the crowd as a surprise to all).   They have also hosted multiple games with out of town NBBA teams including the 2015 Beast of the East title tournament.  This year, they are looking to celebrate our success with us.  We invite all Renegade family and friends to join us for a fun game and to celebrate with the Renegades on their successful 2016 season!

Sullivan & Worcester to play the Renegades on July 13th

For the fourth year in a row the Sullivan & Worcester LLP softball team will take on the Renegades in an exhibition game.  The Renegade have owned these Lawyers on the field for the first three years of play.  Its a great opportunity for these Lawyers to try and play the sport of baseball without their vision and a good opportunity for the Renegades to get some work in.  We always have a great time playing this game as we often times let the lawyers play without their blind fold when they hit to make the game more exciting if they can’t hit it with the blind fold on.  Running with the blindfold and playing defense is always the challenge.

A short video from the event in 2013

Sullivan & Worcester is a prominent Boston-based full service law firm with offices in Boston, New York and Washington, DC.  For the law firm, this game is a team building exercise for the summer associate class teamed up with veteran lawyers and staff.    The night will start with a clinic and be followed by a game.  The night will begin at 6:30 PM with warm ups  and we hope to start the game around 7:15 at Filippello Field (The Arlington Street side) located at 110 Arlington Street in Watertown, Mass

The Renegades want to thank this firm for their continued support of the Renegades.  This Law firm is one of the biggest individual contributors to the Renegades fundraising efforts and we are grateful for their support!

Joe Quintanilla is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Q SAFE!Joe Quintanilla was the first “Not Your average Joe” to join the Boston Renegades back in 2001.  As a young kid, Joe Q wanted to be the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox!  When asked in school what do you want to do when you grow up, he would answer “the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox, like Jim Rice!”  Retinitis Pigmentosa got in the way of Joe’s childhood dream, and he was never able to play little league.

In 2001, everything changed, Joe Q was one of the first players to join the Boston Renegades.  “Hitting a ball that is pitched to you was and is an awesome experience!” He says.  “I finally was able to play the outfield and wear number 14!”  For sixteen years, Joe Q has been patrolling the outfield for the Renegades and leads the team in most games played and 2nd in runs scored.  Join him at Not Your Average Joe’s Sunday!

While at the 2010 World Series in Minnesota, the Rochester Post Bulletin ran a few articles in the sports page about the athletes at the Beep Baseball World Series.  One of those articles was about our very own Joe Quintanilla.  The article was titled “Leads by Example” and was subtitled “Nearly blind, Boston man has blazed an inspiring trail”.  The article is no longer available on line but we have a picture of the article that appeared in print with a full color picture of Joe in his batting stance and blind fold on.  We apologize for not having the text in a format for screen readers.  Click the photo to read the article.

Article in the Rochester Post Bulletin from 2010 on Joe Quintanilla

Joe Yee is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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  As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Yee running toward First in 2014.  Photo by Lisa Andrews

Joe Yee running toward First in 2014. Photo by Lisa Andrews

Joe Yee is definitely not your average Joe. Handsome and smart, Joe is a Systems Engineer for Harvard Management Company.  Joe did not just slip into that job or ‘know somebody who knew somebody’; he worked his way up starting as a desktop support person and moving from lead instructor for Microsoft BackOffice to his current position. But because all work and no play makes a dull man indeed, Joe is also involved with organizations such as Ski for Light and the Association of Blind Citizens. Founded in 1975, Ski for Light teaches visually impaired people how to ski and give participants who have already mastered the basics the chance to improve their skills and endurance. Joe is definitely in the latter category and had skied 85 KM when last in Anchorage.  He has also participated in New England Regional Ski for Light. With Ski for Light, Joe has skied in Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, and Utah, to name a few, and he keeps going back for more. With the Association of Blind Citizens, Joe plays competitive Beep Baseball, and this year, his goal is to become a force to be reckoned with.  His driven nature to keep improving himself is spirited by the supportive volunteer coaches of the Boston Renegades.

Much as Joe prizes work and sports, he is also a family man. There are at least two nieces and several cousins who can attest to the fact that Joe is uncle and cousin extraordinaire, and that he is a cherished and beloved member of a family that does everything from learn Mandarin Chinese (Joe already knows Cantonese); to frolic on Cape Cod and eat Whoopie  Pies (don’t ask!). Joe’s friends would say the same. They cherish his quiet humor, his technical prowess, and his unwavering generosity and kindness. Joe’s biggest fan, however, might just be Cecilia, his first guide dog. Joe and Cecelia became a pair in 2005. As soon as he left Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Joe knew he had a trusted companion and guide. She helped Joe explore new adventures, travel safely, and navigate new and unfamiliar places around the country. Cecelia is Joe’s best friend, and she is enjoying retirement after ten and a half years of service.

It’s a pity guide dogs can’t ski or play Beep Ball, but who knows, maybe this not your average Joe can do something about that! One can hope.

– Bio written by Megan S.

If you would like to hear Joe Talk about his experience you can see him on youtube below

 

Joe McCormick is Not Your Average Joe

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on a Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  Please let us know your interest and share our Facebook event with friends

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  As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.

Joe Mac - "the hardest working man in baseball)

Photo by Dina Rudick/Boston Globe

Joe McCormick was a happy, healthy 17 year old high school senior when he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). LHON causes rapid sudden central vision loss and within months Joe was legally blind. Before his diagnosis Joe was at the top of his class, the captain of his Robotics team, and the goalie of the varsity soccer team. He was slated to attend MIT in the fall and study mechanical engineering. He loved spending time with his friends and family, and especially his girlfriend, Ashley. One of Joe’s favorite things to do was drive his car. He loved the freedom of being able to just hop in his car and go.

Most people really struggle with vision loss. Joe found a way to accept it.  He told his friends “I may be going blind but I am still one of the luckiest people I know!” He went on to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in computer Science in just 4 years without any delays or extra time to help him with his vision loss.  Today, Joe is a happy, healthy 23 year old with a great job, a wonderful fiancé, and a beautiful new home. He is passionate about Beepball and loves playing the game with his amazing teammates.

On the field he has grown into one of the leaders of the Boston Renegades.  He is Not Your average Joe on the field as he has set a few team records and been named to league all-star teams in his short 4 year career. This High School soccer player turned beep baseball all star got off to a fast start in 2012 and set a team record by hitting .586 in is Rookie year with the Renegades (a 14-year history).  He never gives up and is always trying to make himself better and in 2014, he was named to the League All- star team when he hit .600 at the National World Series in Rochester, Minnesota.  In 2015, he became just the 2nd player in team history to hit .600 for an entire season as he  hit .606.   You will be amazed to see what he can accomplish with his vision loss because he is not your average Joe!

This Joe was also featured in an article in the Boston Globe in May of 2014.  Theses a must read article to see how he overcame the loss of his sight with a can do attitude and what he has been able to accomplish.

If you would like to hear Joe Talk about his experience you can see him on youtube below

 

Not Your Average Joe’s supports the Renegades

During the month of May, Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown is running a promotion to help the Boston Renegades.  If you dine there on any Sunday in May the Boston Renegades will received 15% of your check (excluding tax, Tip and booze) if you give them a copy of this flyer (or show it to them on your phone).  You can click on the image to make it bigger if needed.

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As many Renegade fans know we have had many players on our roster over the years named Joe…and they are definitely Not Your Average Joe.  It’s so odd that over the 13 years the Renegades have been playing that 15% of our roster has had players whose names are Joe.  We had to give nicknames to everyone Joe…As calling “Joe” resulted in so many heads turning.  At one point we had 7 Joe’s on our Roster.  Below give you an idea of who we have had and what makes them more than the Average Joe!

 

Renegade What makes them NOT Your Average Joe (and their Nickname)
Joe Bourque

Joe Bourque  (Joe B) with the team from 2013-2014

While attending Boston College, this Joe got involved as a volunteer for the Renegades and did everything we asked of him from working on administration stuff, to catching, hitting grounders and helping the guys.  He became so valuable in such a short period of time that he also rushed back from a vacation in Hawaii and met the team in Rochester, Minnesota for the World Series in 2014 to help the team when they were short on volunteers.  Yes, he cut his trip to Hawaii short to help the team showing how he is not Your Average Joe!

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Joe Buizon (Wrong Way) with the team from 2003-2015

Joe lost his sight while he was in High School and battled a lot of anger as he lost his ability to play competitive High School Basketball in the city of Somerville.  In 2003, he joined the Renegades while attending Bridgewater State University and found an outlet for his competitive juices.  He has turned his life around and with a positive attitude has found a job working for the Mass Commission of the blind.  In this job he helps most of the Boston areas college students find internships to help them kick start their careers.  On the field, his passion and the noise he creates running to bases, trash talking with his teammates also makes him a Joe who is not an average Guy!

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Joe Duggan (Mr. D) with the team from 2011-2012

Joe Joined the Renegades because his son joined the team.  In our 15-year existence, he is the only father to join the team.  Supporting your kid asperity normal…but Joe stayed with the team when his son left the team!  Also, Joe stayed with the team and pithed while he was struggling through knee replacement surgeries.  Technically speaking Joe also helped us repair all of our bases and equipment because he has the tools and knowledge of electronics to help the Team keep its equipment in working order.  We have hopes he will return to the team in the near future!  Again, Not your average Joe!

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Joe Duggan Jr (Hacksaw) with the team from 2009-2012

Joe is not your average Joe.  He seemed like a lost soul in Boston living miles from Foxboro.  For some reason is heart always played with the Packers.  Hacksaw was also always hoping to go barefoot and despised the snow.  What did he do?  He decided to move to North Carolina by himself.  He showed great self-awareness and an outgoing attitude to move to a new state where he did not have a support system in place.  It’s hard for many people to move and start their life over.  Imagine doing that with a visual impairment?  He is not your Average Joe!

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Joe McCormick (Mac) with the team from 2011 to 2016

Joe noticed he was losing his sight in High school to a rare disease called Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy.  Most people really struggle with vision loss.  Often times there is years of depression and anger associated with it.  Joe found a way to accept it.  Instead of focusing on all of the negatives of vision loss, he focused his attention on how to adapt his life.  He want on to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in computer Science in just 4 years without any delays or extra time to help him with is vision loss.  On the field he has become an All-Star in the NBBA (National Beep Ball Association) by hitting .600 at the 2014 World Series.  You will be amazed to see what he can accomplish with his vision loss because he is not your average Joe!

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Joe O’Neill (Scooby) with the team from 2003-2013

If you live in Chelmsford and went to school in the 1980’s you all know Joey O’Neill.  Many people say he is a Chelmsford legend.  Joe has led a very hard life.  He was born with Retinal Blastoma and has had his eyes removed and wears prosthetics.  Joe has had over 30 surgeries in his lifetime and continues to have to face health challenges way beyond what he has with his vision loss.  He has had back surgery, facial reconstruction surgeries and most recently heart surgery that has kept him off the field the past 2 years.  What he has endured is not what the Average Joe would ever go through!

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Joe Quintanilla (Q) with the team from 2002-2016

This Joe ran cross-country track for Boston College against sighted opponents while being a blind runner.  His extensive running experience took him to the Paralympic games as a runner in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  His love for running inspired him to create a Boston 5K race called the Vision 5K, a unique fundraiser where blind and sighted individuals compete side-by-side, showcasing the abilities of blind athletes. This Joe is a huge advocate of showing the ability in disability an promoting opportunities for the blind community!  He is not your Average Joe!

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Joe Ward (JJ) with the team from 2003-2012 & 2015

Nobody who has met this Joe would ever say he is average.  He has a unique ability to talk to anyone, even a tree. Joe lost his sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa and had to make major changes to his life when this happened.  He went from climbing telephone poles for a job to joining a vendor program where he would run is own vendor stand.  There he was in charge of his own business selling food and beverages to the public.  He had to do everything from running the operation, the books, the marketing and the sales to keep his business alive.  All of this without his eye sight.  He is not your average Joe!

Joe Yee

Joe Yee (Yee-Haw) with the team from 2014-2016

Joe Yee is the newest Joe on the team and joined us a 40 something year old rookie.  He had experience with sports as a wrestler back in High School but since he has been blind since a child, he never had an opportunity to play on a team.  When he joined the Renegades one thing he enjoyed was the opportunity to run at 100% speed.  As a blind child, he was always fearful of being able to do this and the sport of Beep baseball has finally given him this chance to run free!  Joe has found a niche for himself as he works at the Harvard Management Company as a Senior Systems Engineer and has been working there for the past 15 years.  He taught himself all the skills to do this job with his visual impairment and that makes him another Joe who is far from average!