CAF athlete Landis Sims shared his baseball journey to making his high school baseball team with an outdoor gathering of 100 kids and their families at the La Jolla Youth Baseball fields in San Diego, CA, earlier this month.
Landis was born limb deficient in his arms and legs but never let that stop him. He started playing baseball at 4 years old and this past weekend he was playing with 3 major league players.
He opened the clinic sharing his story, answering questions and then showing how his adaptive sports equipment and Össur running prosthetics work to help him play at a high level. And then the kids all played ball with Landis, Cleveland Guardians outfielder Bradley Zimmer and pitcher Zach Plesac, and Kansas City Royals pitcher Kyle Zimmer. For 2 hours they practiced fielding, hitting, throwing and having fun!
We asked Landis to share a few words about his experience.
“Saturday at the La Jolla Little League Clinic was one of my favorite things I have ever done. It involved two things I love, baseball and helping people. Getting to know all the kids and their families was great. I got to play with the kids and have fun with them. I met 3 MLB players that are now more than just players to me, they are friends.
My dream is to coach baseball after school. Whether it’s at a professional or college level or even having my own facility and being a hitting coach. I got a glimpse of coaching and I fell in love with the thought of it even more. I got the opportunity to spread my knowledge of the game with the kids in a fun way. Giving them fun drills to do that help their game.”
“Baseball is all about family. The whole baseball world is really a family. Getting to know these kids and their families was awesome. I love being able to mentor kids but it’s great for me to have mentors also. Which is why it was great meeting the Zimmer’s and Zach. Anytime I need advice I know that I can talk to any of them.
The Clinic as a whole was a great experience for myself and I cannot wait until my next opportunity like that!”