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Some Kind of Wonderful: Jessica Mathews

By Alana Garrett
Friday, Aug 08 2014 12:37 AM

If Wonder Woman lived in Bakersfield, her name would be Jessica Mathews. Although Mathews does not drive an invisible jet or carry around a lasso, she does save the world in a different way: Making dreams come true, one child at a time.

This mother and wife is the executive director of the League of Dreams, a nonprofit sports league that offers free baseball, bowling and basketball activities as well as swim lessons for children ages 5 to 22 who have disabilities. The nonprofit's motto is to "provide sports training, team camaraderie and competitive sporting opportunities for athletes with disabilities." At times, these athletes are supported by their volunteer "angels" who assist them when needed.

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