Imagine a baseball league where people with wheelchairs, walkers and other special needs can bat, field and safely cross home plate just like their friends.
Imagine a baseball league where these individuals are the stars…….
There is such a league…..
The Miracle League of Westchester
The Miracle League of Westchester is a non-profit organization created to give Westchester children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball a team member in an organized league.
It was founded in 2005 by J. Steven Madey who combined his two lifelong passions—baseball and working with people with disabilities--- to make this miracle happen.
What makes this miracle league unique is our Miracle Filed, specially designed with a rubberized and cushioned surface at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale, New York.
The miracle filed was funded with a legacy grant from Westchester County through an initiative from the office of the County Executive Andy Spano and the County Board of Legislators.
Miracle league players….
In its inaugural fall 2007 season, the Miracle League had 120 players from 4 up to 18 and now provides programming for over 700 children and adults. For these individuals, the new field was truly a miracle. After opening day one young player exclaimed, “This was the greatest day of my life”
“This was the greatest day of my life”
Even the shyest or most reluctant individual, once out on the filed gets into the spirit and end up having the time of his or her life.
The miracle league wouldn’t work without our volunteer Buddies. Each player gets matched up with a Buddy who makes sure they both have fun and nobody gets hurt. Buddies have as much fun at the games as players do.