Blindfolded baseball tournament kicks off this weekend

Blindfolded baseball tournament kicks off this weekend

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Blindfolded baseball - a new way to play the game.

Blindfolded baseball or beeping baseball was founded in 1964 by engineers at the Mountain Bell Telephone Company to give vision-impaired youth and adults an opportunity to play this great American sport.

This weekend the Alstrom Angels will be hosting a 20 team tournament to raise funds and awareness for Alstrom Syndrome . 

"It's a very devastating disease," said Cassie Johnston, executive director of the Alstrom Angels. "It touches every organ of these kids bodies. It causes complete blindness, deafness, type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, liver and kidney failure it really takes a toll on every system. "

The beep baseball tournament will be held this Saturday on the green quad of the Lubbock Youth Sports Complex located on FM 1585 and Milwaukee Avenue. It's a free event and the opening ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m. 

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