Welcome to episode 5 of the Dreaming of Cooperstown Podcast with my guest, Diane Alford, Executive Director of Miracle League.
Today I am sharing the story of how a simple act of kindness started a movement that has been life-changing for over 200,000 children and their families.
In 1998 a youth baseball coach, Eddie Bagwell, invited Michael, a 7-year old with a disability, to play baseball on his team. Michael in his wheelchair had attended every game and practice to cheer for his younger brother. That was the beginning of Miracle League which provides opportunities for children with disabilities to experience the joys, benefits, and lessons that come from playing our national pastime.
Parents tell the stories of their children insisting on playing and describe how the thrill of playing, the cheers from the stands, and the friendships they develop make the Miracle League Field an oasis away from their everyday battles.
Presently there are over 300 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and Australia serving over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.
Connect with Miracle League to become part of this wonderful story.