What is The Miracle League of Valdosta?
It’s Hope, Determination & a display of Human spirit that is unequaled.
And of course…there’s baseball and other activities!
“We provide the opportunity, the MIRACLE is what happens on the field!”
There is something about playing the game that lights up a person’s eyes. But for children and adults 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 of Valdosta removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these adults arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League of Valdosta is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League of Valdosta serves children and adults who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded, whether intentionally or not, from conventional Baseball leagues.
The first Miracle League field opened in Conyers, Georgia in April 2000. Word spread and by 2002, fields opened in South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, Illinois, and California. There are presently 240 plus Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico and Canada, while serving 200,000 plus children and adults.
The Miracle League has an aggressive plan to help local communities build Miracle League complexes around the globe. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000,000.00 per complex. The inaugural season is set to begin this May.
Our players may not be able to run the bases or hit the ball as well as some of their peers, but they have an equal amount of love and determination to play baseball. We want to help them achieve that dream.
History of the National Miracle League
(source: Miracle League DFW web site)
“Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball”
Miracle League baseball began in Georgia in 1998, when the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association decided to invite children with disabilities to play baseball on a typical baseball field at the youth baseball complex. That first season, on a grass and dirt field, 140 players came out to play baseball and the Miracle began!
The National Miracle League Organization grew from this beginning, with the goal to offer the experience to every city in the country so that children, young adults and adults with special needs around the globe will have the opportunity to play baseball.
By the second season, a new type of field was developed just for the Miracle League athletes. It is a custom-designed field with a cushioned, rubberized surface to help prevent injuries and to facilitate the use of wheelchairs and walkers, and the special needs of the amazing Players who rush out on it each week.
The National Miracle League believes that “Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball”.