For 25 years, the Dream League has lived up to its name, making dreams come true for special needs children in Chattanooga.
"What I've really enjoyed is watching the kids improve and the kids helping each other. Most of the kids in our group understand baseball believe it or not. They know how to hit, they know how to field, just really warms my heart to watch them work together," said Dream League commissioner David Dake.
With over 100 kids on six team this season, the league's opening day proved to be a showcase of smiles, with some batting clean up and other just wanting to clean up.
"Some kids come out, they've never held a baseball bat in their life and they are very awkward with it, by the end of the season they are hitting the ball, and just getting so excited and it just seems to mean so much to them it just melts my heart as well," said parent and coach Mike Gibson.
For first time player Klaire Robison, it was an experience her mother will never forget.
"You are certainly very proud of her being willing to actually just get out here and do this, of course I feel like I'm dragging her around the bases, but it is fun to just see her enjoy doing something like this. Very proud of her for doing that," said Kelley Robison.
The kids also remembered one former player who passed away before the season began.
"The number nine was for Nicholas Phillips. He played for us and he passed away last year, that was a very sad thing," said Gibson.
"Nicholas, we all love you, and we miss you, and we are doing this for you buddy," said player Melissa Crouch.
With 25 years in the books there's hope that more kids will be helped in the future.
"They are open, they are out playing, cheer for everybody and they are very happy to be here, and I love to see people grow and that's what this is for," said Dake.
For more information on the Dream League, go to their website at http://rivermontyaa.org/dreamleague.html