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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 03, 2013
No. 37
www.nyc.gov/parks

NYC Parks & Mayor's Office For People With Disabilities Host NYC Hear The Bell

Exhibition Game of Beep Baseball to Take Place on Sunday, May 5
on Central Park's North Meadow

Parks Appoints Christopher Noel as Agency’s New Accessibility Coordinator

NYC Parks and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) are proud to host New York City Hear the Ball, a program providing components of education and awareness about a sport that benefits those with vision disabilities. It features an exhibition game of beep baseball between the New York Bombers and the New Jersey Lightning. This game of beep baseball will take place on Sunday, May 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Central Park's North Meadow.

“At the Parks Department it is our priority to make sure that New Yorkers of all abilities can play at our parks and playgrounds," said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White. "Our commitment continues through the appointment of Christopher Noel as our new Accessibility Coordinator. Through our partnership with the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, New York City Hear the Ball is a great way to ensure that those with vision impairments may enjoy playing baseball. I encourage everyone to come out to Central Park on Sunday to learn about the sport of beep baseball and experience what is sure to be an exciting game."

"Once again, we are excited and proud to co-host Hear the Ball, an event that allows people who are blind or have low vision to take part in our national pastime" said MOPD Commissioner Victor Calise. "This event is a true testament to the fact that people with disabilities can lead an active lifestyle regardless of their obstacles, and we will continue to work with Commissioner White, Chris Noel and their team at NYC Parks to further our mission of inclusiveness for all in everything that the city has to offer."

Beep baseball is a sport that allows individuals with vision disabilities the opportunity to interact socially while providing an excellent opportunity for physical activity. Beep baseball is an adapted version of our national pastime, and with the beep of a ball and the buzz of a base, it enables athletes with vision disabilities to enjoy team competition.

At this event, spectators will witness athletic individuals who conquer their challenges and rely on the abilities that lie within. All are welcome and following the game, there will be the opportunity to try out the sport of beep baseball.

NYC Parks is committed to providing accessible facilities at parks throughout the city, while ensuring opportunities for recreation and participation for New Yorkers of all abilities. To continue these efforts, Parks has appointed Christopher Noel as the Agency's new Accessibility Coordinator. In this role, Chris will ensure that facilities, programs and services are accessible to people of all abilities. He will be responsible for providing technical assistance to design staff and the general public, and will work closely to oversee the implementation and expansion of existing adaptive programs such as the Afterschool program for hearing impaired children at Al Oerter, Parks Saturday Adaptive Sports Program, and indoor swim times designated for people with disabilities. In addition, Christopher will coordinate a variety of annual citywide events supported by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, assist recreation staff in designing innovative ways to provide sports fitness and outdoor adventure for New Yorkers with disabilities, and conduct site visits to ensure that accessible features are well maintained. Christopher will also help prepare special grant proposals to support accessibility, and work with the Accessibility Advisory Committee to help evaluate and develop new facilities, programs and services.

CONTACT: Arthur Pincus / Phil Abramson (212) 360-1311

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