Welcome to the home of the
BASKETBALL HAS STARTED
To provide every child regardless of special needs the opportunity to participate in America’s favorite pastime of baseball and softball.
It is our goal to provide an environment that enhances the participants’ self-esteem, physical mobility, and embodies the spirit of teamwork and community.
Sponsored and Partnered with:
THANK YOU DESERT BASEBALL 12 U FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATION TO KELSEY'S HEROES. THANK YOU DAVID, LUPE AND THE WHOLE DESERT BASEBALL TEAM/FAMILY.
You weren’t like other children,
And God was well aware,
You’d need a caring family,
With love enough to share.
And so He sent you to us ,
And much to our surprise,
You haven’t been a challenge,
But a blessing in disguise.
Your winning smile and laughter,
The pleasure you impart,
Far outweigh your special needs,
And melt the coldest heart.
We’re proud that we’ve been chosen,
To help you learn and grow,
The joy that you have brought us,
Is more than you can know.
A precious gift from Heaven,
A treasure from above,
A child who’s taught us many things,
But most of all – “Real Love”
By Sharon Harris
Golden Voice vs. Champions, April 4, 2014 click here for Video
IYSA - Indio Youth Sports Association
Kelsey's Heroes - Special Needs League
California 501 C3
Tax ID 260194614
Ca Corp C2987959
Kelsey's Heroes Board of Directors - Jimmy Lefebvre, Julie Buehler, Jim Curtis and Patrick Evens
JAMES KEITH LEFEBVRE (FRENCHY)
BORN – January 7, 1942
LIVES IN SCOTTSDALE AZ AND LA QUINTA CA.
DRAFTED BY THE LA DODGERS IN 1964 FROM MORNINGSIDE HIGH SCHOOL, INGLEWOOD CA.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 1965- L A DODGERS
MEMBER OF THE 1965 WORLD CHAMPIONS LA DODGERS
PLAYED 9 YEARS WITH THE LA DODGERS
5 YEARS WITH THE JAPANESE LOTTE ORION’S
1976 JAPANESE WORLD SERIES TEAM
MANAGED- SEATTLE MARINERS- CHICAGO CUBS AND MILWAUKEE BREWERS
FIELD DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT-SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS- 4 YEARS
WHEN JIM TOOK OVER THE GIANTS FARM SYSTEM THEY WERE RANKED AT 28 OF 28 MLB
TEAMS- WHEN HE LEFT THEY WERE AT 5 OVERALL.
2004-2008- 5 YEARS HE WORKED- DEVELOPED AND MANAGED THE FIRST CHINESE BASEBALL TEAM FOR THE BEIJING 2008 OLYMPICS. HIS TEAM CHINESE WENT ON TO BEAT TAIWAN IN THE 2008 BEIJING OLYMPICS!!
JIM HAS SPENT OVER 50 YEARS IN MLB, MANAGED 2 CY YOUNG
AWARD WINNERS AND 3-MLB HALL OF FAME PLAYERS.
HIS VISION NOW IS TO BRING HIS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO
BASEBALL’S YOUTH OF TODAY AND “BRING BACK THE LOVE OF
GAME” TO AS MANY OF THOSE YOUNG PLAYERS AS HE CAN.
CURRENTLY, JIM IS WORKING WITH KELSEY’S HEROES A
“SPECIAL NEEDS BASEBALL PROGRAM” PRESENTED BY PONY
CHAMPIONS YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE. THIS HAS GIVEN HIM
SUCH ENJOYMENT AND PLEASURE TO SEE HIS LOVE FOR
BASEBALL PASSED ON TO THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD THE
MANY OPPORTUNITIES HE HAS IN HIS LIFETIME TO PLAY.
Julie Buehler - Team 1010
Jules, as she is known, has been covering sports for over a decade. She is an award winning radio host, writer and TV sports correspondent, covering NBA Finals, multiple Super Bowls, Hall of Fame inductions and among her favorite, local high school games.
She combined her media skills working for the Indianapolis Colts, as Feature Host and writer for "Colts Up Close" and "Scout Magazine". Prior to the NFL, Julie hosted The Sports Buzz on 1010 KXPS, (M-F, 4-7 PST).
She is the first woman in California broadcasting history to fly solo in prime time sports talk radio, tripling KXPS market share and ratings in the first year with a fresh, lively show that corralled some of sport's biggest names (Marshall Faulk, Johnny Bench, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Joe Torre, Deion Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Sterling Sharpe, Mark Bellhorn, Derek Jeter… the list goes on).
She was the national sports columnist for Tree.com, freelances for The Daily, CrossFit Journal, and newspapers across the country. Her regular beats include: the Lakers, Clippers, Chargers, Raiders, Dodgers, Angels and national news for the RHL Report (www.rhlreport.com). She is Palm Spring's favorite sports correspondent for Palm Springs Edge TV.
Julie is also an ardent supporter of fitness and nutrition and educating others on the values of healthy living, which, in her mind, includes regular indulgence of ice cream.
Having blazed a path with knowledge, wit, humor and perspective, Julie is ready to tackle any challenge and take her audience along for a hilarious ride.
Jim Curtis - Community Services Manager for the City of Indio:
Jim is originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, which is the home to Arnold Palmer, Mr. Rogers and Rolling Rock beer. He has been involved in many special events including concerts, major golf tournaments and festivals. He currently is the Community Services Manager for the City of Indio. His duties include overseeing Parks, Youth Services, Senior Services, The Indio Municipal Golf Course and Special Events, including the Indio International Tamale Festival, the Coachella Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach Country Festival. The City of Indio’s tag line is the “City of Festivals.”
Jim is also the Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board of the La Quinta AYSO soccer program.