Legislator Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden) presents Eileen Nosek of Lancaster with the Erie County Legislature September 2012 Citizen of the Month Award during a recent session. Nosek was joined by several league coaches, volunteers and players.
Erie County Legislator Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden) presented Eileen Nosek of Lancaster with the Erie County Legislature’s September Citizen of the Month Award at its September 27 session.
Legislator McCracken presented the award to Nosek in recognition of her hard work and dedication in helping create and operate the Touching Bases Softball League for children with developmental disabilities.
“Eileen’s advocacy and work for children with developmental disabilities were inspired when her son William was born with Down’s Syndrome,” Legislator McCracken said. “Eileen was committed to mainstreaming her son as much as possible, and as well as William attending school with children in their neighborhood, he also played in the 13 and under division of the Depew/Lancaster Baseball league through age 18.”
“Wanting a new baseball home for William, Eileen searched for an outlet that would meet his competitive appetite, and reached out to other families of children with special needs who could play competitively like their contemporaries,” Legislator McCracken added. “Touching Bases Softball came to be in 2005 from a mother’s love for her son and recognition that parents want their children to reach their fullest potential in all parts of their lives.”
Legislator McCracken also noted that Touching Bases Softball began in 2005 with 40 athletes on four teams, and has grown to more than 180 athletes age 18-65, 75 volunteers and full morning and evening game schedules.
“This is a tribute to what Eileen, working with a group of dedicated parents and athletes, can accomplish and an example for all of us to follow in giving others a chance to excel and to improve our community,” Legislator McCracken concluded. “It is an honor for me to present the Erie County Legislature September 2012 Citizen of the Month Award to Eileen Nosek.”