The crack of the bat may evoke images of a home run over the Green Monster, but recent UMass Lowell graduate Benjamin McEvoy is hoping to score with a whole new game designed for players often left behind in sports.
While Whiffle Ball enjoys status as a family favorite form of a baseball game, that status will be seriously challenged by a new form of baseball game that has been created and developed by a Dunstable resident who is a graduate of UMass Lowell and Groton Dunstable Regional High School.
McEvoy, a junior business major with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship, has been racking up wins as a DifferenceMaker competitor with partner Edward Morante and their idea for an inclusive combination of baseball and cricket, Benji Ball.
Kevin Willett, host of Business As Usual interviews Benji Ball's Founder and CEO, Benjamin McEvoy to discuss the process of turning an idea into a business.
A game modified to make baseball more inclusive, created by a DifferenceMaker team on a winning streak, topped 10 student teams to take home the $6,000 Rist Campus wide DifferenceMaker award at the seventh annual Idea Challenge competition.
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Another inspiration for Benjamin and his motivation to pursue this product was his background in volunteer work at special needs facilities. Benjamin worked along-side special needs students and athletes from a young age.
Benji Ball’s McEvoy developed a 10-sided ball and wider bat surface (looking like a cricket bat) so “everybody can play” this modified version of baseball.