The fall season of Miracle League Baseball is right around the corner! There are several leagues in North Carolina…some are well established and have been playing ball for several years. Other leagues are brand new and bringing Miracle League ball to areas that have not been able to share in the fun without quite a bit of traveling.
It is only fitting that America’s Pastime is highly adaptable to kids with disabilities, who traditionally have to adapt to an able-bodied world to enjoy themselves. When they are accompanied by a buddy to help them bat, get around the bases and play in the field, handicapped kids have every bit as much fun playing ball as anyone else…you can see it on their faces. Just sitting and watching a Miracle League game is truly one of the most rewarding experiences ever.
Usually, the game is played on a rubberized surface that has the field marked so that it looks like a baseball diamond with green “grass” and “dirt” infield. It is perfectly flat so there are no obstacles to wheelchairs, walkers, braces, etc. The kids always get a hit when they bat and they always score a run in each inning. When new leagues start up, they frequently play on regular fields while funds are being raised for the Miracle League field to be built in their area. This gives the kids a chance to play ball earlier in their lives.
Parents even get a chance to take a little break from a very busy life, and watch from the stands as their kids play baseball. If you want to be a buddy to help these kids play ball, or if you know someone who may want to play on a Miracle League team, contact some of the area leagues linked below. There are several ways to help out, including coaching, being a buddy, concessions, fund raising and in-kind donations.
Here are links to Miracle Leagues in the region: