By: Bradley Cole
North Henderson and Franklin’s baseball teams will be playing for much more than a coveted conference win on Tuesday.
As they take the field at North, the two WNCAC teams will show their support for those who are affected by Down Syndrome. Players will forgo traditional baseball footwear and show off their mismatched, bright socks. The unique clothing represents the extra chromosome that people with Down Syndrome possess and is a universal way people show their support every March 21st.
Although the team will be supporting people all across the world, they found reason to adopt the tradition last year inside their own program.
Alex Suder, who has Down Syndrome, has been the baseball team’s manager/player since 2009. When he graduated in 2013, Suder stuck with the program and has become someone everyone at North knows and adores. He is now an assistant coach with the team.
“It is awesome to have Alex in our dugout on a daily basis,” said head coach Justin King. “He finds the best in everyone and it is a blessing to have him in my life and our players.”
After Tuesday’s game, King hopes to have taught his team a lesson about life itself.
“The hope is that our players get more out of the experience than Alex does. He has been with us for so long that he knows what is going on better than our players,” King said. “Alex has a joy for life that I want our guys to share. He passes no judgment and does not see color.”
This will be the second straight year North has hosted a game where players and coaches have supported the cause. To support the cause yourself, use the hashtag “Lots Of Socks” on social media throughout the day.
The game will start at 4:30 p.m. North Henderson will go for their first conference win of the season.