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Way To Go: Tim and Jaclyn Kanaley, Sayville

A brother and sister who attend Sayville Middle School have been honored for their volunteer work with special-needs children over the past three years.

Tim and Jaclyn Kanaley received the 2015 Sea of Love Award from the Miracle League of Long Island, a baseball league that strives to help children with special needs develop social skills and increase self-esteem.

The two worked as "buddies" who help the league's players bat, field and run the bases during a series of games held on six Saturdays both in the spring and the fall of each year.

"It's very fulfilling," said Tim, 14, an eighth-grader. "I just think it's great for the children to be able to participate in sports. Seeing them smile, it's just really awesome."

He and Jaclyn, who is in seventh grade, were honored at the league's Snowball Gala, held at the Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club in Smithtown.

One of Tim's buddies has been a boy named Nicholas, 12, who has cerebral palsy. One of Jaclyn's buddies has been Brittany, 16, who rarely speaks.

Tim is a black belt in karate and a member of Sayville's varsity swimming team. Jaclyn is on Sayville's cheerleading, basketball and softball teams.


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