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Launching an Alternative Baseball Organization in the Tri-State Area

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A national baseball organization for people with disabilities is expanding to the tri-state area.

The Alternative Baseball Organization (ABO) was born in Dallas, Georgia, to enable people 15 and older with autism or other special needs to play baseball.

Founder Taylor Duncan has autism and says he started ABO because he was often denied opportunities to play the sport he loves growing up.

“We want to expand this beyond the United States,” says Duncan. “It’s my calling, and those in Cincy, for example, are about to benefit from it in ways we never thought possible before.”

Duncan says his efforts to provide that authentic baseball experience are the result of encouragement from his mentors and coaches.

He traveled the country, speaking in several communities.

“Everything I learn is from a social skills perspective and I want to pass it on across the United States and beyond,” says Duncan.

The ABO affiliate team for the Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana areas is called the Tri-State Continentals.

“Right now, we’re the only local team that works,” said Bill Fenbers, general manager of the Continentals. “That doesn’t mean another team couldn’t show up in Northern Kentucky. There could be multiple teams.

There are approximately 50 ABO teams across the country gearing up for the spring season.

The Continentals will start training at Batavia on April 24.

“We’re going to focus on calisthenics, getting players in shape, getting them active, and migrating into various aspects of baseball,” Duncan says.

Anyone interested in joining the Tri-State Continentals can visit the ABO Affiliate Site.

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