About The Miracle League
If I were to tell you about an organized youth baseball league, you might call it ordinary.
If I were to tell you the athletes are physically and mentally challenged, you might call it touching.
If you were to see them play, you would call it a Miracle.
There is something about playing the game that lights up a youngster's eyes. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities, that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve. Baseball diamonds weren't exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind.
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep mentally and physically individuals with disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America's favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these children arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it's more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a "buddy" system — pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. What results, a bond that cannot be described. Miracle League opened the first of its kind in the spring of 2000 and presently serves 120,000 plus children and young adults in over 230 cities across the country including Puerto Rico and Canada.
One of the newest Miracle Leagues is located in Northampton Township, PA. I am committed to helping this community with the fundraising efforts needed to build this special Miracle League Baseball Field, a Miracle League Football Field and its programs. If you would like to help the Miracle League of Northampton Township you can reach Debbi Katz at Miracle League's web site or 215.817.1422.
The player's enthusiasm has continued to grow. The parents tell stories of their children insisting on playing despite bouts with kidney stones, broken bones and recent hospitalizations. The thrill of playing, the cheers from the stands, and the friendships they develop make the Miracle League an oasis away from their everyday battles.
Thank you for being an angel in the outfield,