This fall, Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers celebrates 20 years serving families affected by birth injuries.
We decided that the best way to honor our values was to donate to help Nicole Long, a student at Lakeland High School, build an adaptive softball field for athletes with disabilities.
Nicole Long has abundant experience working with special needs athletes through the Special Olympics and the Miracle League of Plymouth. Long learned that travel softball teams and school softball teams were taking priority over special needs players in her community of Huron Valley, Michigan. She found that this was happening because the fields were preventing those with physical and cognitive disabilities from succeeding at and enjoying softball.
“We didn’t know this was an issue until we dug a little deeper,” she explained.
A Girl Scout and member of the National Honor Society, Long took the initiative to create a proposal for the design and creation of an adaptive softball field. The project was set to cost $10,000, so Long took to GoFundMe to seek donations.
When we found out about Long’s project, we were committed to supporting her cause. We strive to support recreational activities for individuals with disabilities in our community and beyond, so it was a clear opportunity. As our firm’s founder Jesse Reiter explained, “It’s a great opportunity for our firm to be able to give back and participate in these specialized recreational leagues. We want to give every child an opportunity to play sports.”
The field will be located at White Lake Middle School. Field details include handicap-accessible walkways, a covered dugout to protect players from foul balls, and small field size to accommodate those with physical challenges. Following its completion, the Special Olympics of Michigan will coordinate its games. The field will be maintained by the Huron Valley School District.
As for the idea of donating to the creation of Long’s softball field, our team at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers knew it would be a great way to celebrate 20 years of serving individuals with disabilities and exemplify our team’s mission. The team of in-house medical staff, attorneys, and researchers rejoices in 20 years of helping clients acquire the resources they need after a birth injury. We are ecstatic to retain those values that inspired us to begin this journey in 1997:
- Compassion and Close Communication: We strive to maintain close, comforting, and communicative relationships with our clients. Our small, family-oriented team welcomes this closeness with clients, as it creates a community of trust and understanding.
- Depth of Focus: We specifically and exclusively handle birth injury cases, which allows us to focus all of the efforts of our legal and medical staff in one place.
- Transparency: Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers handles all cases in-house. We work closely and transparently with families at every step of the process.