WASHINGTON — As a little boy growing up in Mill Valley, Calif., playing baseball meant the world to Tyler Barbee.
“When I was a kid, baseball was my life,” said Barbee, now a 17-year-old high school senior at Tamalpais High School.
But he also knew that his love of the sport couldn’t be shared easily by his brother, Conner, who is four years older and has autism.
“I wanted him to be able to participate, but there wasn’t an environment for him to succeed,” Barbee recalled.
Six years ago he helped start Challenger Baseball & Basketball, a sports league for children with special needs.