As a young boy, Tyler Barbee's favorite position in baseball was that of pitcher.
His older brother Connor's favorite position was anywhere else but that baseball diamond.
"He gets too easily over-stimulated by that environment," Tyler, 17, says about his brother Connor, 21, who has autism.
Still, baseball was such a big part of Tyler's life growing up it troubled him he couldn't share it with his brother, someone Tyler admired for his boundless friendliness and compassion.
"I think Connor is the nicest brother anyone could have," Tyler says.
Looking for a way to combine his passion for baseball and his love for his brother is what lead Tyler, when he was just eleven-years-old, to create his own baseball league.That way, Connor, and other children with special needs, could play on the same field as Tyler and his friends.
"I wanted to give Connor that same sense of community in a less stimulating environment."
Tyler's baseball league has been so successful it has since grown into its own non profit, Project Awareness and Special Sports (PAASS), helping more than one hundred children with special needs participate in five different sports.
During PAASS's baseball season, which runs from April to June, each player with special needs is paired with one or more "buddies," usually Tyler's baseball-playing friends from Mt. Tamalpias High School.
During their brief, 2-inning games, the buddies help the players field, hit, and, when possible, run the bases. Tyler believes in the process his friends learn more about children with special needs than those children learn about baseball.
"If you are patient and work with them you will see they have so much more to offer than you think," Tyler says.
As for Connor, he played in Tyler's league for the first few years but his interests have since changed and he is now a passionate photographer, coming to the league's games each weekend to capture images of the players and the action.