Nonprofit Uses Baseball to Enhance Lives of Special Needs Children and Adults
On Tuesday, October 20, the Miracle League of the Triangle hosted its Joy Celebration at the The Pavilion at the Angus Barn in Raleigh with noted actor Ira David Wood III serving as master of ceremonies. About 400 business owners, entrepreneurs, business leaders and politicians from throughout the Triangle attended and helped raise more than $250,000 in contributions.
The Miracle League’s mission is to create positive life experiences for children and adults with special needs, and for their families, through baseball. The nonprofit created the Joy Celebration to establish sustained awareness for the organization and to detail its phenomenal growth and accomplishments since its founding in 2005.
At the celebration, League players like Cody “The Blue Bomber” Delia, Dylan “Lightning Striker” McDermott, and Emma “Motor Mouth” Miller were on hand to give autographs and explain, along with their parents, how meaningful the opportunity to play baseball is to them.
The Miracle League of the Triangle was born from the inspiration of former college player and current Triangle developer Robin Rose. Together with friend Tony Withers of Withers and Ravenel Engineering, they led the construction of a baseball field on the campus of Henry Adams Elementary School in Cary that accommodates walkers, wheelchairs and players whose mobility is challenged, as well as those with various cognitive impairments.
The demand has been so great that the initial league filled to capacity and the Miracle League partnered with the YMCA of the Triangle to build another field in North Raleigh near Wakefield. Although it was initially conceived as a league for children, the Miracle League has also established an adult division after players began to age out, as well as a competitive camp.
“Our organization’s vision is that every child deserves the chance to experience the joy of community through baseball,” said Miracle League Executive Director Benjy Capps. “With player rosters now numbering over 450 and expected to hit 1,000 with the addition of a third field, proceeds from the Joy Celebration will certainly help us reach that goal.”
For more information about the Miracle League of the Triangle, visit http://miracleleagueofthetriangle.com/ or call 919-238-0333. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MiracleLeagueOfTheTriangle.
About Miracle League of the Triangle
The Miracle League of the Triangle, Inc. is a North Carolina 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of creating positive life experiences for children and adults with special needs, and for their families, through baseball. The organization owns and manages two baseball fields for approximately 30 teams and 450 players. Visit http://miracleleagueofthetriangle.com/ for more information.