Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: Baseball Player with Down Syndrome Celebrates Home Run By Dancing
Who: Baseball player Billy
Why we chose him: When it comes to baseball, there are few things more exciting for a batter than hitting a home run. And judging by this video, we think Billy agrees.
Billy is a young boy who was born with down syndrome, but he doesn’t let that stop him from enjoying his extracurriculars. He is a player in the League of Yes, a baseball league for kids with special needs, and on their season’s opening day, he knocked one right out of the park! After running all the bases, Billy celebrated his home run with some amazing dance moves (including “the floss”, which is all the rage in viral dance videos these days).
Luckily, the league’s Executive Director, Kristine Fitzpatrick, caught the whole thing on camera. The celebratory video has since gone viral with more than 2 million views on Facebook!
“We hope that it shows that you can be friends with a child with special needs and to understand that they are just kids, too. We want to break that barrier of acceptance,” Fitzpatrick tells CBS News.
Fun fact: The League of Yes started in 2010 with just 30 players and 30 volunteers and has since grown to more than 300 players and more than 1,400 volunteers!
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