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Issue: "Trading places," June 30, 2001
  • Batters go two-by-two in Oklahoma City's "Anyone Can" softball league. Founded by 21-year-old Kristen Deaton, the six-team league provides 150 severely disabled children with a personalized jersey and a volunteer "buddy" from a local church or high school. Each buddy helps his partner catch balls, run the bases, or swing the bat. Miss Deaton founded the league after befriending patients suffering from muscular dystrophy in her mother's pediatric physical therapy clinic.
  • "Sweet" Alice Harris gives credit to God for her escape from a life as a homeless, teenage mom: "Because of the Bible I know God personally, and I know He can change people like me." For the last 40 years, she has led a community group in Los Angeles' Watts neighborhood. Called Parents of Watts, the $100,000 operation runs 15 outreach programs, including parenting classes and a homeless shelter.

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