Thursday, September 26, 2013
The smiles were contagious Saturday at the Saul Alexander Park ball field.
Players representing 10 different teams experienced the joy of America’s pastime as the Summerville Miracle League opened its fall season. Each player had a base hit and received cheers from volunteers and spectators as they rounded the bases, an experience many would never have if it weren’t for the non-profit organization.
“We are all about creating opportunities for kids and adults with special needs in the Summerville area,” Summerville Miracle League Secretary Troy Powell said. “It’s all about them being able to come out and have some fun playing baseball and just having a good time in general.”
Miracle League fields are made of rubber so they are safer than dirt and grass facilities and they allow those in a wheelchair or who use a walker to participate. The use of plastic balls and bats also help reduce the chance of injury and volunteers (buddies) are provided to assist participants.
“The Miracle League cannot run without volunteer support and the volunteers truly get more out of it than they put into it,” Powell said. “We have a number of different groups from the Summerville community that provide that support.”
When the Summerville Miracle League was founded a few years ago organizers were worried they wouldn’t have enough participants to fill two teams but now the League has six youth teams with more than 150 players plus multiple adult teams.
Registration is always open. Anyone who has a family member with special needs who wants to play can go to the league’s website (www.summervillemiracleleague.org) to find registration and medical forms. Once those forms are completed, it’s a matter of just showing up on game day.
To view photos from the opening ceremony and opening game, visit journalscene.mycapture.com.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org