Let’s Make Miracles Happen!

By: Madalene Bendishaw

Have you ever wanted to help a child’s dream come true?  The Miracle League is a baseball league in Uniontown that is held at Bailey Park.  The Miracle League helps children with special needs to have the chance to play America’s most favorite past time!

The Miracle League was started in 1993 by a local family who had a son that was born with cerebral palsy, they wanted him to be able to participate in some kind of activity to have fun and make friends.  The Miracle League normally begins at the end of April and they are looking for some volunteers to help make this baseball season a success!  Games are played on Sunday afternoons at around 3 or 4 o’clock.

As a volunteer you are called a “buddy”.  A buddy helps the player run the bases and hit the baseball if needed and when the player gets back to the home base the buddy can celebrate with the player.  You will also receive a T- shirt with “buddy” written on the back.   To be a youth volunteer you have to be ages twelve to seventeen and have adult supervision.  To be an adult volunteer you must be eighteen and over and pay a five dollar fee for a background check.

The Miracle League is fundraising to create a “field of dreams”, the field of dreams is so they can make it extra safe for wheelchairs and walkers to get around the bases and so that the players can play no matter what the weather is like.

If you would like to volunteer or donate and help out this great program you can go to the website at www.mlplh.org and sign up or donate!  You can also contact Mike Holp at weallplayball@hotmail.com.  This would be a great way for underclassmen to gain Senior project hours.

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