Led by director Mike Baur, the TrebleMakers chorus group from Commack Road attended the opening day celebration of the League of YES on May 5, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The League of YES, founded in 2010 as The Miracle League of Long Island, is a non-competitive baseball league for children with special abilities; each player gets up to bat and scores a home run. The focus is on participation and fun.
After the anthem, many of the young singers then stayed to be “buddies” for the League’s special needs athletes, protecting the players from flying balls, assisting them at bat and with getting around the bases after they hit their home run, and joining them on the field to help them field the opposite team’s hits.
“I am so humbled to be able to work with such talented singers, but what impresses me more than anything they do with music is the quality of their character,” said Baur. “To see them interact with children that they do not even know and that have disabilities, and to be their buddy for a day, tells me so much about their character.”