The Stephenville All Stars League took the field Monday for the first time this year. With two full dugouts, the kids and a slew of volunteers enjoyed an exciting game of T-ball.

The All Stars League, which is celebrating its eleventh year in existence, is a youth sports experience for children with special needs who are not able to participate in traditional leagues.

The league pairs children with volunteers from the community, which on Monday consisted of Tarleton State University football players and others.  

"Being a part of All Stars League really opens your eyes and makes you realize how much you have and how much you take for granted on a daily basis," said Tarleton student Trenton Kirklin. "These kids live for Monday afternoons. This is what they look forward to once a week, it's one of those things that you give back a little bit and it comes back so much more for the kids."

The All Stars League is sponsored by the Stephenville Optimist Club.

"It's imperative that communities have a program like All Stars League," said Paula Nielsen, a parent. "My son can't participate in other sports in the area. Anything we want for him we usually have to look outside to Fort Worth or private coaching, programs like this make it much more

convenient for my son and myself."

When the two teams took the field Monday, All Star Seth Gilley rounded the bases after a hit and said, "My favorite part about coming to the All Stars is being able to play with my friends and hanging out with football players."