Blind Baseball?

CSU Helping Raise Awareness for Visually Impaired

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The players on the softball field at Columbus State University next weekend will all discredit the hitting advice that it’s important to keep your eye on the ball.

These players will all either be blindfolded, blind or visually impaired. And they can play!

The game is one of two activities that Columbus State University is hosting Friday and Saturday for anyone who is blind or visually impaired.

The events are part of a weekend that includes Country’s 5K Midnight Run and is designed to raise support for, and awareness of, those in the Columbus community who are blind or visually impaired.

The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 when CSU hosts relay races and fun activities for anyone who wants participate. At 7 p.m. the 2017 Midnight Express “beep baseball game” starts, where all the players are either visually impaired or blindfolded. Players locate the ball by listening for its beeps and run to bases that are buzzing.

The Beep Baseball World Series Champions, the Indy Thunder, will play against sponsors.

On Saturday, the fun continues as CSU hosts Camp Abilities Fun Day, open to all individuals (children and adults) who are blind or visually impaired. Activities go from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and include Goalball, Beep Kickball, tennis and soccer. Players from the Indy Thunder also will be participating.

“Camp Abilities Columbus, Ga provides opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired to be active while showing the world everything is possible,” said Jeanine Fittipaldi-Wert, associate professor of health, physical education and exercise science at Columbus State University and director of Camp Abilities.

Registration for Camp Abilities Fun Day is free by emailing Wert at

Camp Abilities Fun Day will be held inside CSU’s Lumpkin Center on CSU’s main campus. Parking will be available in the parking deck.

Wert said she hopes many of Friday and Saturday’s participants will also be able to participate in Country’s 5K Midnight Run on Saturday, Aug. 26.