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History of
The Miracle League

The idea of building specially equipped baseball fields was born in Georgia when a boy in a wheelchair showed up to play in a youth baseball program.  One of the coaches took the boy as a member of his team.  After that, Georgia's Rockdale Youth Baseball Association organized games for 35 players with special needs.  Soon it became evident that, while the idea was extremely well received by the children and their families, conventional baseball fields were inadequate for children with disabilities. 

The grassy turf was very difficult for their wheelchairs, walkers and braces to navigate, and bumps and irregular surface made moving around awkward and dangerous.  This spawned the idea to build a field with a special surface that was safe and easy to navigate for those with disabilities.  A field was designed with a custom synthetic turf and handicapped accessible dugouts, restrooms and drinking fountains.  This was the beginning of what is now called The Miracle League.

Physically and mentally challenged children are paired with able-bodied volunteer "buddies" who assist them in batting catching, throwing and running. Every child gets a turn at bat and in the outfield, and every child gets across home plate.  The point of the game is less about baseball and more about fun! The benefits gained by everyone involved are tremendous.  The child's self esteem grows, they make friends, become less isolated and "just become a regular kid, not a kid with a disability."   

The Miracle League" is a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. There is something about playing the game of baseball that lights up youngsters’ eyes, but for children facing physical and mental challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult first step. The Miracle League gives these children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine, and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form.

"EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CHANCE TO PLAY BASEBALL"


 


Honorary Chairman


Mayor Becky Smothers
Mayor Arnold Koonce
Mayor Judy Mendenhall
Mayor Roy Culler
  Co-Chairman
 
Scott A.Tilley
Ed Price
  Cabinet

Councilman Latimer Alexander
Rick Bean
Bob Brown
Janet E. Brown
Jerry Camp
Honorable Sammie Chess, Jr.
Hunt Dalton III
Charlie Ervin
Louise Foster
Paul Lessard
Bill Millis
Tammy Covington Nagem
Suzette Polen

CIty Liaison

Louanne Hedrick
Allen Oliver, Parks & Recreation

ARC

Tonya Fowler