3rd Place, "All Blinds" by Matteo Armellini
The All Blinds is a baseball team of blind people in Rome, Italy. The team contains people from diverse backgrounds and breaks down barriers, treating everyone as equal while members regain some independence and pursue a common goal: to become Italian champions. Often taken for granted, running is an archaic, primordial kind of freedom, returning us to the freedom and independence of childhood. I was left speechless when a player told me "The most precious thing we learn is to believe again that we can run fast without fear". Baseball for the blind is not a sport for those afraid of injury, as players run at maximum speed to a buzzing base and dive to catch a ringing ball. Accidents happen, but All Blinds do not spare themselves and fight hard to win, hoping to top the league and see baseball for the blind become a Paralympic sport.