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  • On a windy Sunday morning in the Inwood community of upper Manhattan local kids carry their bats and gloves to the baseball diamond as they get ready to greet their opponents. It's spring again and these kids are excited to feel the grass brush up against their cleats as they run to take the field. Across the park adults in the community enjoy this lazy Sunday morning at the Indian Road Cafe. They have brunch, sip freshly brewed coffee and try to relax before the week starts again.

    Back at diamond 6 it's the 7th inning and these kids only have one objective today, and that is to win this ballgame. For most of these kids the winter has been too long. They have waited for the baseball season to begin, since the day the last one was over. Some have practiced their catching skills inside their apartments, while others have practiced sliding into home plate on their hardwood floors. But today is different. They are all wearing new uniforms and will be sliding into real bases on real dirt in front of a real crowd.

    These kids play hard, have fun and learn important life skills that they will take wherever they go in the future -discipline and camaraderie. Some will go home victorious and others will wish they had one more at bat to change the outcome of this game. In the end it does not really matter. It's spring again and they'll have another chance at winning next week. And that's enough for some of these youngsters.
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