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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
Our integrated PDD program in Burlington had the opportunity to make some Donuts at a local Dunkin Donuts. Below are some pictures of them in action.
On Monday, January 5, Governor Deval Patrick visited the LABBB BIP Program at Arlington High School. Below is a picture of the Governor with two LABBB students.
On December 11, 2009, BIP Wellington (room 8 ), went to the New England Aquarium. The children had such a nice time looking at all the different types of fish. Some of the children touched the hermit crab, starfish and the big horseshoe fish. Our favorite part was walking around the huge ocean like habitat. Myrtle, the green Turtle, was enormous and boy was that shark scary looking.
On Friday, November 13, LABBB students from our BIP Programs at Arlington High, Ottoson Middle School and Wellington Elementary School in Belmont, participated in an exhibition football drills practice with the Arlington High School Football team. This is an annual event that the students really look forward to. Erica Wong, Arlington High school President of the BIP volunteer club, organized this event.
On October 29, 2009 Ellen Honeyman conducted a workshop for LABBB staff on writing collaborative IEP’s. Ellen is a highly respected trainer in IEP writing who has been a Director of Special Education in Wellesley, Worcester and Lexington. Ellen is continuing work with LABBB to provide more IEP training for staff in the future.
Below is a short clip of Ellen Honeyman from her recent workshop for LABBB staff.
On Wednesday, October 21, the LABBB Vocational Program held its annual Parent Open Night which includes all LABBB Programs at the Lexington High School and Minuteman Technical High School and the LABBB worksites. One of the exhibits was our Career Directions Program which is located at Minutemen Career and Technical High School in Lexington. One of the Highlights of the Career Directions exhibit was the Civil War presentation by Brenda Wells, Classroom Assistant Teacher.