Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Miracle League

Recently my husband and I experienced the joy of watching a VERY SPECIAL baseball game at the Langham Creek YMCA. This game was part of the national organization called The Miracle League. The YMCA has partnered with this league to help children with special needs play baseball. Thanks to the efforts of Shawn Borzelleri (one of our top Houston YMCA executives), this league has blossomed into a program that continues to grow and give joy to so many children who could never otherwise play the America's favorite sport. The games are excited and heartwarming. The "buddies" volunteer to help each child so that the parents can sit back and enjoy the game too. In fact, they even have announcers which help the ball players feel like they are in the big leagues. Pictured here is my husband, Clark and Shawn, with one of these special ball players. There is currently a campaign to raise enough funds to build a field that will be specifically for these children. The hope is to have a complex which will include a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players. After seeing the smiles on the faces of the ball players, the buddies, and the parents, you will want to contribute---I know we did! Shawn, thanks for your hard work in promoting this program---YOU are our MIRACLE! Check out the Miracle League website at