Students Create Batting Platform for LWSRA
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Although the school year has come to a close, at least one important student project will continue to be heavily utilized into the summer.

Executive Director of the Lincolnway Area Special Recreation Association (LWSRA), Keith Wallace, initially contacted District 210 in April with a request to help his softball players. Wallace was looking for someone to construct a new batting platform for wheelchair athletes, and teacher Jason Visny's students had the knowledge and skills to complete the challenge.

Given supplies and blueprints from the LWSRA, Lincoln-Way seniors Alex Soukup-Donaldson and Collin Beaulieu began crafting. The students worked to measure, cut and weld the steel together.

"It makes you feel good that you can do something to help others out," said Soukup-Donaldson.

Since completing the project, the mechanism has allowed wheelchair athletes to swing the bat without hindering their balance due to wheel movement. It also allows batters to easily exit the platform so that they may quickly move toward first base.

"We truly appreciate the students taking on this project at the last minute...Once the kids see what they made in action, it will be a great experience for all," said Wallace.

Wallace encourages the public to see the platform by attending a practice or the summer softball tournament at the LWSRA. Practices are held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and the tournament will be held July 29 - July 31. Those looking for more information can find details at www.lwsra.org.