Everyone Wins: Welcome To The Miracle League (And How Tate Students Can Help)

October 6, 2016

Every game ends in a tie. Every player hits; every player scores. There are no strikeouts, no errors. Everybody wins.

Welcome to the Miracle League.

Every child, no matter their disability or ability, is just a regular kid…playing the field and getting a good hit.

It’s a baseball league for disabled and special needs persons of all ages.  Some of the players are in wheelchairs and walkers. Some handicaps are mental, some are physical. It’s a place for miracles.

In the end, Saturday’s game between the Cardinals and the Phillies was tied, just as every game has ended in a tie for the past 14 seasons.  The stats for each of the 100 plus players will be the same at the end of the season — perfect.

Players and volunteers come from not just Pensacola, but Mobile, Crestview, Brewton and points in between. Everybody is a volunteer that participates with the Miracle League. The are paid only in smiles.

Each of the two Pensacola Miracle League fields is made up of 180,000 pounds of recycled tires formed into tiles painted to match a regular field. It provides a softer landing spot for a hard fall, while still providing a good bounce for the hollow core ball that is also designed to lesson injury potential.

The Miracle League needs more volunteers to serve as buddies, work the concession booth, pickup trash and many more tasks around their area of the Nine Mile Road ballpark.

The public is always welcome and encouraged to cheer on the players.

For more information on Miracle League, or to volunteer, visit www.miracleleaguepensacola.org.

Tate High School students are collecting a donation  this week for the Miracle League in honor of senior and varsity football honoree Markus Baxley. Collection bins are located throughout the school, and donations will be accepted during the Pace at Tate football game Friday night.

For a photo gallery, click here.

Pictured top and below: Game action Saturday at Miracle League. Pictured below: Northview High School SGA members volunteer as Miracle League buddies Saturday were (front, L-R) Morgan Myrick, Kayla McKillion, Alyssa Borelli, Brianna Smith, Delaney Reynolds, (back, L-R) sponsors Laura Johnson and Anna Barry.


2 Responses to “Everyone Wins: Welcome To The Miracle League (And How Tate Students Can Help)”

  1. Sage 2 on October 6th, 2016 6:38 pm

    A big thanks to all, especially Larry Thompson and family for his/their efforts to promote and forward this most worthwhile cause.

  2. Shirley Godwin on October 6th, 2016 5:34 am

    Miracle League of Pensacola accepts players throughout the entire season. Please visit http://www.miracleleaguepensacola.org for more information about our organization.

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