The Rockford Park District's Buddy Sports Program started as the dream of one local Mom who just wanted her son with physical challenges to be able to play baseball. That dream is now a summer sports tradition in Rockford which has developed many skills, and created many lasting friendships.

Our City, Our Story published this video to their Facebook page, and it just recently got the attention of Upworthy who posted it's inspirational message on all of their media outlets.

This video gives me all the "good feels".


The Buddy Sports program now includes baseball, basketball and soccer teams, and all leagues are non-competitive. For information on these programs or to sign-up for a league, visit