I am writing to introduce the Miracle League of Massachusetts to you. We are a non-profit, all volunteer organization that provides all children with the opportunity to play baseball in an organized non-competitive league at no cost to their families. Our players are children aged 5 to 18 with a disability that keeps them from playing in a mainstream league. We don’t turn away any children. Miracle League team members are assigned buddies, primarily mainstream peers who have volunteered to assist them in hitting the ball, running the bases, and fielding, to whatever extent necessary. During every game, each child is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. We also have an announcer who introduces each child and gets the crowd into the game.
This spring will be our 5th season and we are looking to expand our enrollment from the 50 players we had last season. We think the best way to do this is to let parents know that we encourage all types of players. I would imagine that some parents hear a baseball program for children with special needs and think “that’s not for my child, he doesn’t have a physical disability” or “that’s not for my child, she can’t hit a baseball”. But we want everyone to know that our players have a wide range of abilities; some just need a little help paying attention to the game, while others have significant physical and/or cognitive delays that require them to have help with all aspects of the game. We encourage you to visit our website at http://www.miracleleagueofma.com to see pictures and video from previous seasons to see the joy that our players get from playing baseball.
Games are played at Blanchard Elementary School in Boxborough, MA for 6 Saturday mornings beginning on May 1, 2010. Our deadline to register is April 1st. We also have a fall season. Although the games are played in Boxborough, we have players from 29 towns around Massachusetts. Some dedicated players drive for an hour each way to get to the games.
Secretary, Miracle League of Massachusetts