Miracle League of Mid-Michigan
Can you imagine not being able to run the bases after you hit a home run? Or not being able to see the joy in your child’s face after they win a baseball game? For many children and young adults with special needs and their families this is a reality. However, the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan is changing this.
The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan gives children and young adults with special needs the chance to play baseball in a safe, inclusive and fun environment, regardless of their abilities.
“The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan provides children and young adults with the opportunity to be a part of a team,” says Vicki Caine, League Director of Miracle League of Mid-Michigan. “It allows children and their families to enjoy camaraderie with other children and their families.”
The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan plays their games at CASE Cares Miracle Field located within Valley Farms Park in DeWitt Township. This “field of dreams” is a barrier-free ballpark, with a specially designed rubber field surface. The field would have not become a reality without the support of CASE Cares Board of Directors and the DeWitt Charter Township Board.
The 2013 Miracle League season is just around the corner. Registration to play is open until May 10. Games start at the beginning of June and go until mid-July. In addition, there are many opportunities to volunteer as a buddy, coach or umpire.
“Volunteers have a better appreciation of what children with disabilities and their families have to deal with,” Caine explains. “Volunteers come away with compassion, patience and a creative way to entertain the children.”
Opening Day for the 2013 Miracle League season is May 13 at 6 p.m. Any person aged 4-20 with a disability is allowed to participate. The Michigan State University men’s baseball team along with head coach, Jake Boss Jr., will team up to help as buddies.
“It’s a magical experience for everyone involved, the CASE Cares Board, Jake Boss Jr. and the Michigan State University men’s baseball team, the children and young adults who play, the buddies and coaches that volunteer, and families that watch,” says Caine.
To learn more how to play, volunteer or donate to the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan, visit: www.miracleleagueofmidmichigan.org
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