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In the summertime you'll find a lot of kids on the baseball diamond, playing on a little league team or just playing ball with their friends.

But not every child has that opportunity, which is why University of Mary students come together to give kids with disabilities the chance to play ball.

For eight years University of Mary Physical Therapy students have hosted the event Home run Heroes.

"Because it's a good sport," Bennett Ereth said.

Giving kids the opportunity to do just that, hit a home run.

"For kids who might not otherwise have this opportunity in a league in the Bismarck/Mandan community, so we have three nights they can come out and play baseball with a buddy, so they can either be pitched to or they can hit off of a tee," Marley Zachmann said.

Bennett and his two sisters Addison and Gaby are triplets and they came out tonight with one goal in mind.

"Hitting a home run," Addison Ereth said

"So I can play baseball," Bennett said.

Ask any kid here who their favorite baseball team is, and they'll tell you.

"The Braves," Bennett said.

"Phillies, Dodgers, Pirates," Grant Feist said.

Not only is Home run Heroes a great way for these kids to step up to the plate, it also allows them to create a bond with their University of Mary "buddy."

"They love it, they absolutely love it and I found out that the students here at the University of Mary love it just as much too," Zachmann said.

For Bennett there's one reason he keeps coming back every year.

"That it's about homeruns," Bennett said.

And unlike most baseball games, at this one everyone goes home a winner.

Those who attended Home run Heroes also received an autographed baseball by some of the University of Mary baseball players.

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