Founders Story

The Beautiful Lives Project was co-founded by Bryce Weiler and Diane McFeaters in 2017. The mission of this organization is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities through inclusive community events. What started as a dream to create inclusive sports programs, quickly led to four additional programs including: visual & performing arts, nature, and wellness.

Bryce was born with an eye condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity, causing him to be born blind. While growing up, he listened to sports on the radio, specifically the Fighting Illini. He developed a love for sports and this passion led him to major in Sports Management at the University of Evansville. While in college, he commentated soccer games and had the opportunity to sit on the men’s basketball bench all four years. Bryce’s experience with the men’s basketball team heavily impacted his life and inspired him to create similar sports programs for people of all disabilities.

Bryce went on to attend graduate school at Western Illinois University where he earned his master’s in Sports Administration. Upon graduation, he began contacting coaches and managers in hopes of working with teams to bring sports programs to fans with disabilities. He came into contact with Beautiful Lives Project Co-Founder Anthony Iacovone, owner of the New Britain Bees Atlantic League baseball team. Anthony loved Bryce’s ideas and had him begin working with the Bees in the summer of 2017. Bryce also began doing consulting work with the Baltimore Orioles MLB team in 2017.

Since our start, we have worked with over 8 different organizations across the US and have met amazing people from all walks of life. We look forward to many more future partnerships and hope to continue to spread our mission through the years to comes. #beautifullivesproject #nolimitstoabeautifullife


 

Bryce Weiler

CO-FOUNDER

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Bryce Weiler is a co-founder for the Beautiful Lives Project. Weiler was born and raised in Claremont, Illinois. Born with an eye condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity, Bryce grew up blind. Attended public school from elementary through his freshmen year of high school. Completed his high school education at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Indianapolis. Bryce’s passion for sports on the radio led him to commentating on radio sports broadcasts for the University of Evansville, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Communication, and Western Illinois University, where he earned a master’s degree in Sports Administration. After college, Bryce began developing programs for fans with disabilities. The first teams to join him in his work were the Baltimore Orioles and the New Britain Bees baseball teams.

 

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DIANE MCFEATERS

CO-FOUNDER

Diane McFeaters is co-founder for the Beautiful Lives Project. She was born and raised in Loogootee, Indiana. She attended the University of Evansville and graduated with a bachelor's in Psychology. While in college, Diane met Bryce and they quickly became good friends. After graduation, she went on to work with children with mental and emotional disabilities in the school and hospital settings.. Through her experiences working in the mental health field, she developed a strong passion for helping others. Diane is honored to be a part of the Beautiful Lives Project and is looking forward to helping fans achieve success on and off the field.

 

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ANTHONY IACOVONE

Anthony Iacavone is owner of the New Britain Bees (Professional Baseball Team located in Connecticut) and has helped tremendously in the creation of The Beautiful Lives Project. He has opened his ballpark to our project as home to host events with the New Britain Bees. He works diligently to make sure everyone is having fun and is accommodated each and every BLP event.A highly successful entrepreneur, Anthony  works diligently to make sure that Bryce’s dream and passion is being fulfilled. Anthony is at every Bees event ensuring that everyone is well accommodated and having fun.