Background, Purposes, and Objectives
"The Miracle League of Union County" is a charitable organization that provides individuals with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. For individuals facing mental and physical challenges, this opportunity can often be a difficult first step.
The Miracle League of Union County gives these individuals the opportunity to enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form. Some players cannot walk but that does not stop them from rounding second base. Some players have Down Syndrome, but gain more self-esteem by participating in Miracle League games than their parents could ever dream possible. Some players are deaf, but the cheers of their teammates have never been louder. Even those who are blind are given an opportunity to enjoy baseball. A special ball beeps as it is thrown to the batter allowing the visually impaired the opportunity to hit the ball. The Miracle League gives hundreds of disabled individuals something few dreamed possible: the chance to play baseball.
Yet in all their joy and triumph, there is still one thing missing - the ability to play the sport like everyone else. These players require a specially equipped field that provides a cushioned synthetic turf to accommodate wheelchairs and other walking and mobility aids, as well as help prevent injuries. This surface provides a level-playing field where physically and mentally challenged children and adults can hit, run, and catch - just like everyone else.
During each Miracle League game, every player is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. Miracle League team members are assigned “buddies,” partners who assist them in hitting the ball and "running" the bases. Buddies can be fellow schoolmates, church members, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to give someone the gift of baseball.
The Mission of Miracle League of Union County is to:
• Provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities.
• Promote community support and sponsorship of Miracle Leagues.
• Promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families.
• Expand program so that at least one joining county has a Miracle league team also.
• Sponsor other low impact games for Wounded Warrior/Special Olympics and older citizens
We cannot change or cure the medical issues life has dealt disabled people, but what we can do is provide them with an opportunity to experience the joy and physical and emotional benefits that come from playing our National pastime--baseball.