While our neighbors to the north face snow and plunging temperatures, San Antonio is preparing for a new spring season of baseball.
Families of children with physical and/or intellectual disabilities can check out The Miracle League of San Antonio. The Miracle League gives kids with disabilities the chance to play baseball on an organized team – one of six in the league.
Michael Miller started the Miracle League of San Antonio as a “thank you” for the birth of his and wife Yvette’s healthy daughter, Sydney. After seeing a program on HBO about a Miracle League in Georgia, Mr. Miller contacted friend Jesse James Leija, two-time world champion boxer, to help him build a field of dreams. Generous donations from the Lowry Mays and Greehey families helped the dream come true. Several corporate partners helped the dream grow from a single field to a sports complex.
Today, The Mays Family Field of Dreams is home to the Miracle League of San Antonio. The complex is located next to Wolff Stadium (2029 S. Callahan Rd.). It is a 4-acre complex, including the cushioned artificial turf field. Three acres of smooth asphalt serve as areas for wheelchair football, basketball, rugby, and other sports.
The Miracle League baseball games give each child a chance to hit the ball and score a run. Team members are assigned a "buddy" to help with hitting the ball and running the bases. Buddies can be parents, classmates, high school, or college students.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or if you think Miracle League might be a match with your child, check out the Miracle League website. The Miracle League sponsors two baseball seasons, spring and fall. Registration is now open for the spring, 2016 Miracle League baseball season. The latest season began on April 2. The last games of the spring season and picnic are on June 11.
Become a player, coach, or volunteer by visiting the Miracle League’s website. Or call 210-226-6666.
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