The Miracle League allows anyone with any disability lớn play ball. This is made possible by volunteers, sponsors và unique complexes across the country.
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Miracle League baseball fields are custom-designed with cushioned rubberized surfaces khổng lồ help prevent injuries. The fields are completely flat khổng lồ eliminate any barriers khổng lồ wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players. The complexes also feature wheelchair-accessible dugouts, restrooms, concession stands & picnic pavilions.
A Miracle League field
Currently, 270 Miracle Leagues are located in 46 U.S. States, Puerto Rico, Canada, australia and Mexico. In 1998, there were 35 players in the league. In 2002, more than 250 players participated. Lớn date, the Miracle League has more than 200,000 players with disabilities. This sports phenomenon is quickly growing in numbers and popularity.
The league has been televised on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC và Fox Sports. In 2002, the Miracle League received the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, which is presented annually khổng lồ a person or persons who have demonstrated leadership và volunteerism while making significant contributions in promoting peace & understanding and improving communication & cooperation between diverse populations. In 2006, the league was inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
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Eddie Bagwell, a coach for the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) in Conveys, Ga., invited the first child with a disability, a 7-year-old boy named Michael whose brother was on the team, khổng lồ play on the team in 1997. In 1998, RYBA formed the Miracle League. In 1999, Dean Alford, president of the Rotary Miracle League Fund, the Rotary Clubs of Rockdale County and the city of Conyers formed the Rotary Miracle League Fund. The purpose of the organization is to lớn raise funds necessary to build complexes with facilities that meet the special needs of the Miracle League players, & assist efforts lớn create Miracle Leagues across the country.
The Rules of the Miracle LeagueEvery player bats once each inningThere are no strikeoutsAll players are safe on all basesCommunity volunteers serve as “buddies” khổng lồ assist the playersEach team và each player wins every game
Fields’ Surface Specifics by Surface America
Volunteer or Join a League
To volunteer or join a league, contact the corporate office at (770) 760-1933 lớn find or be connected lớn a Miracle League in your area. You can also visit your area’s Miracle League website và fill out the proper forms.
Be a “Buddy”
Player và buddy rounding bases
Anyone interested in becoming a “buddy” should tương tác the corporate office at (770) 760-1933. “Buddies” commit to lớn an eight-week season; two seasons are offered per year.
Start a League
To start a league, request a Miracle League starter kit from Stephanie
miracleleague.com. In the league-starting process, you will receive a step-by-step manual; build a tư vấn team in your community; fundraise for your field; build your Miracle League field (with the help of the National Miracle League office); và organize your teams to lớn play ball.