First Farmers & Merchants Bank made a contribution of $10,000 last week to Abigail’s Plan, an effort to build a rubberized field for Lawrence County’s BuddyBall League. Pictured with athlete Abigail Kidd are, left to right, Stacy Shedd with First Farmers & Merchants Bank, Lesa Kidd, Sherry West with First farmers & Merchants, and Tommy Lee Kidd. To learn more and donate to the effort, go to AbigailsPlan.org.
Members of Coleman Methodist Church presented a donation of $2,000 last week to Abigail’s Plan, which was accepted by Abigail’s mom, Lesa Kidd. Abiail is one of the 50+ athletes with mental and/or physical disabilities who play softball in the Buddy Ball League. Abigail’s Plan will build a rubbersized field for those athletes in Lawrence County. This donation represents collections from the Coleman congregation, its United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women’s groups. The UMW is pictured. To leran more about and donate to Abigail’s Plan, go to AbigailsPlan.org. –HoJo Photo
Rebekah Mejia (center) had two special visitors following her accident. Abigail and Tommy Lee Kidd came by to sign her up for Lawrenceburg’s Buddy League, a softball program for athletes with developmental disabilities. In this photo, bruising from Bekah’s broken nose is clearly visible.
Her siblings Bianca, 12, and Austin, 10, were at school in Summertown when Bekah and Gracie, 5, went outside "for two minutes" while their mom was fixing lunch.
"Gracie came in and said 'Call an ambulance, Bekah got hit.' All I could see were cars everywhere. I ran across the yard to the road, and someone helped me out of the ditch. I automatically picked her up, but there was a nurse there, who told me I needed to lay her down. We were all praying, and I was singing her favorite song in her ear."
United to make occupational diplomas a positive reality - Experts gathered Tuesday in Lawrenceburg to gather information on the needs and expectations of employers who have potential work for the developmentally challenged. Pictured left to right are: Loria Richardson, The Arc of TN; Elizabeth Hill and Sarah Harvey with Tennessee Works at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities; Carrie Hobbs Guiden, Executive Director of the Arc; Abigail, Lesa, and Tommy Lee Kidd of Lawrenceburg; State Senator Joey Hensley of Hohenwald and State Representative Barry Doss of Lawrenceburg. –HoJo Photo
Experts look to Lawrence employers for advice on implementation of new Occupation Diploma law
Lawrence County employers were among the first to help shape the curriculum for a new Occupational Diploma for the developmentally disabled. The first of six statewide meetings between potential employers and statewide agencies, prestigious experts and policy makers in the field was held right here in Lawrenceburg last Tuesday at the First Baptist Christian Life Center.
League hopes for many spectators for season-ender May 19
The parents of a child with Down Syndrome who helped organize a baseball league for people with disabilities have introduced a new vision for those athletes.
Tommy Lee and Lesa Kidd of Lawrenceburg formed the nonprofit Abigail’s Plan in honor of their daughter to raise an estimated $350,000 for a rubberized “Miracle Field.”
Lawrence County's BuddyBall (formerly Challenger) League will begin its 2013 season April 22 with games played each Monday at 5:30 p.m. Members of the Lawrenceburg Elks Lodge recently met with the two teams and their biggest fans to present a $1,000 check that will help with expenses. Joe Evans made the presentation to team member Abigail Kidd and her mom Lesa; other Elks Lodge members on hand were Barry Gobble, Randy Carl, Annette Belt, Beth Blasingim, Bo Glass, Wanda Shook, Ed Turner, Donnie Morris, Bryan Hine, Billy and Bonnie Richardson, Joe Evans, Alaric Crouch and Jacob Davis. BuddyBall teams are sponsored by Lesa-Ruthy & Company and Modine Manufacturing Co. -HoJo photo
Tommy Lee Kidd, who worked with his wife Lesa to organize Tuesday's event, shown with daughter Abigail, 13. "These folks means so much to our community and they just want to be regular people, to get jobs and do what we do," he said.
Last Saturday, athletes and parents came to Lawrenceburg's Elks Lodge to sign up for this year's BuddyBall season. The local lodge also gave $1,750 to support the league, which is made up of players with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Pictured are athletes, parents, and Elks Lodge members, front: Dalton Davis, Leanna Barnett and Abigail Kidd: back: Joe Evans, Bill Richardson, Johnny Fleeman, Alex Crouch, Wanda Shook, Jackie Davis, Barry Gobble, Tommy Lee Kidd, Jeremy Aaron, and Tina Barnett. The Lodge also supports the league in many other ways, says Tommy Lee Kidd: attending games, working at the concession stand, providing medals at the end of the season and more. -HoJo photo
|Sharing their story – Abigail, Lesa and Tommy Lee Kidd were keynote speakers at Sunday’s Right to Life Rally. Nancy Brewer photo|
A touching presentation by a Lawrenceburg family was the highlight of Sunday’s rally sponsored by the local chapter of Tennessee Right to Life.
“God doesn’t make mistakes” was the message delivered by Tommy Lee and Lesa Kidd and their daughter Abigail, a 13-year-old with Down Syndrome.
A crowd of 400-500 responded to the call for high attendance at the final Buddy Ball games of the season at Bobby Brwewer Park Monday night. More than 50 atheletes with mental and physical handicaps make up the four teams that play one another. Spectators also opened their wallets to give toward the goal of building a rubberized field for the league. Lawrenceburg Mayor Keith Durham pledged space for the field and threw out the first pitch of the ball game. If you would like to donate to the project, go to AbigailsPlan.org or to any branch of First Farmers & Merchants Bank. You may also call Tommy Lee Kidd at 629-8859 for more information. –HoJo photo
WSMV Channel 4 reporter Dennis Ferrier visited New Prospect Elementary on Friday to interview 13-year-old Abigail Kidd and her parents, Lesa and Tommy Lee. The visit was prompted by a YouTube video posted by Tommy Lee that shows Abigail making her first-ever basketball goal during a game against Ethridge Elementary. Her teammates and opposing players stepped back to let Abigail shoot until she made it, both sides shouting encouragement and distributing hugs afterward. You can find the video by searching “Girl with Down Syndrome makes first-ever basketball goal.” Abigail is pictured above with Ferrier and teammates.