Spring, baseball and childhood seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s watching a major league game or playing in the little league, I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t enjoy baseball. However, if a child has serious physical and/or mental disabilities, playing on the local little league team hasn’t always been feasible. And then came The Miracle League – an amazing organization whose mission is “providing opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities” because every child deserves the chance to play ball. Thanks to The Miracle League, more children can now share in the joy of America’s spring sports pastime as well as other sports such as basketball and soccer.
Being part of a sports team involves much more than playing a game: it’s about building confidence, meeting new people and forming friendships. The Miracle League takes a unique approach to team building by pairing each player with an able-bodied peer (“Buddy”), making it a rewarding experience for all players that results in very strong friendships. For special needs children playing on a Miracle League sports team, the experience allows them to feel just like any other kid.
The Miracle League is a national organization and within Texas there are teams in Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston. Epic’s El Paso office is excited to be coaching a baseball team for The Miracle League of El Paso and the “Epic Rangers” season has just begun. The pictures (above and right) are from their first game! Kids who would like to play on our team or those who would like to volunteer can get involved at any time.
To learn more about becoming a Miracle League Buddy, Coach, Assistant Coach or Team Mom or to learn how to get your child involved click here. Now, let’s get outside and ”play ball”!