Surprise earns top honors for DreamCatcher Park events! Surprise’s 2007 inaugural Miracle League Bambino Buddy Ball Program at DreamCatcher Park earned the state’s 2007 OUTSTANDING ADAPTIVE RECREATION PROGRAM award by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.
Bambino Buddy Ball was created to provide athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in the great game of baseball. Each athlete is paired with a buddy to assist them with hitting a ball or running the bases.
The 2008 season consisted of 95 participants and 90 “Buddy’s” from 14 cities all over the valley.
DreamCatcher Park was also presented with a Best of the West Award in 2007, for its commitment to make sports accessible for all!
In 2009 The City of Surprise Adaptive Recreation program brought home two awards from the National Parks and Recreation Association Southwest Division. The Buddy Sports Series took home honors for "Program Excellence" and The "Casey Conrad Fitness and Wellness Award". The City of Surprise is committed to offering quality adaptive recreation programs to the residents of Surprise!
According to a 1998 study by Emory University and the University of Georgia and published on the Web site of the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs, children who participate in sports improve in strength, coordination, and flexibility. In addition, parents and teachers report the children are less likely to be depressed and often show improvement in behavior, academics, and social interaction. The study also indicated that many parents noted a decrease in secondary health complications when their children became less sedentary.