Intimidators Announce MiLBs' First Fully Dedicated Sensory Friendly Space

"Cam's Clubhouse" prioritizes inclusion for all children

April 2, 2018 9:56 AM ET

Kannapolis, NC-- With the kickoff of Autism Awareness Month, the Kannapolis Intimidators are proud to announce a new and innovative area inside Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health specifically designed to better accommodate and assist special needs children enjoy the ballpark experience. In partnership with Atrium Health and the Autism Society of North Carolina the Kannapolis Intimidators have designed the first area fully dedicated to being sensory friendly in Minor League Baseball. Formerly executive offices, the space overlooking right field is a calm area that is free from the crowds and the noise of Intimidators Stadium.

The space will be known as 'Cam's Clubhouse' and the development of the space holds a very special place in the hearts of the Intimidators front office. President/ GM Brian Radle says," At an early age my son Cam was diagnosed with Autism. Being in a baseball family, he has been around ballparks since he was born. With his condition it hasn't always been easy. However, when he would struggle, it has always been relatively easy for us to take him to a quiet area to settle down if he became overwhelmed, or inconsolable. And now, we've seen him not only become more comfortable around the people, sights, and sounds of the ballpark, but we also see him enjoying the many joys that other children experience at the ballpark! His development is the inspiration behind this and our desire is to knock down walls, open doors, and be able to provide a safe space at our ballpark for all families to go to if they need to...a calm place, a sensory friendly space, where all special needs children would be welcomed. Further, we want to have ALL children enjoy the wonderful game of baseball and help in any way we can with their development and increasing understanding about Autism and the spectrum and this is our first main commitment to that effort."

"The Autism Society of North Carolina applauds the leadership shown by the Intimidators in creating a sensory-friendly ballpark experience for fans on the autism spectrum and with sensory needs. We believe everyone should be able to enjoy time together with their family, friends, and other members of their community. The new sensory-friendly space and initiatives the Intimidators are implementing will provide that and serve as a model program for other sports organizations around the state and country. We are pleased to be able to support this effort ", says David Laxton, Director of Communication for the Autism Society of North Carolina.

The Intimidators are proud to be one of the few professional sports teams and the only team in Minor League Baseball, to have a sensory friendly space that is available for all ballpark events. The mantra of MiLB is 'It's fun be a fan', and the Intimidators goal is to provide all fans a safe and enjoyable experience an Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health. Following the debut of the 'Cam's Clubhouse', the team hopes more MiLB teams across the nation will convert space at their ballparks into a sensory friendly space. The Intimidators will kick off the debut of 'Cam's Clubhouse' during an open house held Opening Weekend at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health. All special needs kids will be provided with a complimentary ticket to the games on April 5 - 8th, parents simply need to say the password 'Cam's Clubhouse' to redeem the ticket.

 The Intimidators are your #1 place for family fun in the Greater Charlotte Area! The Intimidators open the 2018 season on Thursday, April 5, at Intimidators Stadium supported by Atrium Health against the Lakewood BlueClaws season, group tickets and individual tickets are now available. To purchase please call F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit intimidatorsbaseball.com.    

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 For more information contact Blair Jewell at bjewell@intimidatorsbaseball.com or 704-932-3267 ext. 109

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