The Exceptional Community Baseball League (ECBL) is a non-profit that focuses on bringing team activities through a specialized baseball program to the special needs population of Greenville, Pitt County and Eastern NC in conjunction with community businesses, hardworking volunteers and the Parks and Recreation Dept. with the City of Greenville.
Youth Ages 5 to 14
Senior Ages 15 to 24
Adult Ages 25+
The Exceptional Community Baseball League (ECBL) began in 2005 as part of Greenville’s Little League division called Challenger League. The objective of this league was to provide the Special Needs Population of Greenville and the surrounding areas with a baseball program.
In 2008, the Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams, a fully accessible baseball field, was built at the Elm Street Park. At that time, children ages 5 to 18 with disabilities were able to enjoy playing Americas favorite past time. One year later, it was obvious that this new league had a huge potential for growth. There were some 80 participants in 2009. In 2010, with the future of the league looking bright, the Exceptional Community Baseball League was formed with the cooperation of the Greenville Recreations and Parks Department and a grant from the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. The ECBL formed three divisions: Youth (ages 5 to 14), Senior Youth (ages 15 to 24) and an Adult division ages 25 and up. That first spring season in 2010, the ECBL grew from the previous 80 players to over 150 participants.
Each player got to play every game, received a full uniform and a year end trophy and a DVD of the season. Parents and participants were thrilled and the ECBL started a Fall Ball season with about 60 players from the three divisions. Many have helped to make this league a success. From individual donations, to corporate sponsorships, to the Buddies that help each player during every game, the ECBL has a bright future and is excited to continue growing and trying new things.