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Camp Abilities

It looks like your typical summer sports camp, but it's with a different twist.
"Camp Abilities" is in full swing at the College at Brockport.

"Who doesn't love a good baseball game," said Lauren Lieberman, Director of Camp and College at Brockport Professor.

It looks like your typical summer sports camp, but it's with a different twist.

"You are blindfolded and then there is a ball that will beep and when you hit it, a base will go off and you have to run to that base," said Chris Baker.

Chris Baker and 48 other campers are visually impaired or blind.

"The ball beeps and then there are two bases and each base beeps, so when a player hits the ball, typically from a pitch, they run towards a beeping base and if they make it towards the base before the outfield picks it up, they get a point," said Lieberman.

The one week overnight camp has become quite the hit at the College at Brockport. "Camp Abilities" has spread across the United States and even internationally.

"Kids with visual impairments are born with the same potential as their peers. It's a lack of opportunity and experience and really attitudes of people around them that don't think they can do things that limits them," said Lieberman.

From beep baseball to swimming to horseback riding, campers learn nothing is impossible.

"First time ever putting their face in the water. Now, a lot of kids are afraid to put their face in the water and here they overcome their fears and they get to do things they never did before," said Lieberman.

"I like it's this thing called one touch which is kind of like karate but it's not. It's basically self defense," said Nathalie Wood.

A whole new world of possibilities for the campers.

"I played it once at school and it was kind of silly, but I like this better," said Baker.

A simple game of beep baseball that means so much more.

And next summer, the 2015 Beep Baseball World Series will be held in Rochester.
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