Thanks to Schenectady County resident Richard Dickershaid, local disabled youth have been able to enjoy the great American pastime, not in the bleachers but playing ball. Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today honored Dickershaid for his commitment to youth sports for the handicapped.
Tedisco presented Dickershaid with the New York state Assembly’s Excelsior Award for Excellence, a prestigious award that recognizes and honors Dickershaid’s achievements and contributions to his community.
"Richard is truly a hero for the disabled community," said Tedisco. "He removed the barriers that blocked so many disabled children from experiencing the thrill of playing sports."
For over 47 years, Richard Dickershaid has dedicated his life to youth sports. He is the founder and manager of the Challenger Division of the Rotterdam Little League, a division that allows disabled children to compete. Under his leadership, there are now over 80 children, ages 7-21, who compete on eight teams from the surrounding communities.
In 2000, the Duanesberg native was the New York state recipient of the Sporting Goods Manufacturer’s Association HEROES Award for his work with the little league. Other programs Dickershaid has been involved in include a basketball program at the Immaculate Conception Church, a baseball program for the Bellevue Little League and local girl’s softball programs.
Dickershaid was recognized during a special ceremony in the Assembly Parlor at the Capitol in Albany.
"I thank Richard for his dedication, and I’m sure the children who can now play baseball because of his efforts thank him, as well. I’m pleased to honor him with this award," concluded Tedisco.