SARASOTA, FL – October 19, 2012 – The Miracle League of Manasota is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $2500 from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation.
The Miracle League of Manasota will use the grant towards construction of a 550 square foot handicapped accessible Open Air Pavilion providing shelter from both rain and sun for players, their families and caregivers. To be fully successful, the Miracle League complex must address the unique physical requirements for the children and adults with special needs it serves.
“We thank the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund for their contribution to the Miracle League and are very grateful for their support,” stated Bob Mitchell, President of the Miracle League of Manasota.
About The Miracle League of Manasota
The Miracle League of Manasota is an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for all children and adults to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. For the 14,000 school-aged children with special needs and their adult counterparts in Sarasota and Manatee counties, The Miracle League of Manasota has built a synthetically-surfaced baseball field in Longwood Park, just off University Parkway, Sarasota. The self-esteem that comes from participating in a team sport, the thrill of playing baseball, the cheers from the fans, and the friendships they develop will provide children and adults with special needs an oasis at the new Miracle League field.
The complex includes a custom-designed field with a cushioned, rubberized turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to special needs players. The Miracle League of Manasota adopted the Miracle League rules that every player bats once each inning, all base runners are safe, every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run), able-bodied community children and volunteers serve as ‘buddies’ to assist the players, and each team and each player wins every game. The Miracle League of Manasota field opened for play spring, 2012. The next phase for the league includes constructing a permanent building on site that will house a concession stand, handicap-accessible restrooms and storage. The Miracle League of Manasota hosted more than 150 players in league play in the Spring and Fall 2013 seasons, providing players and their families the opportunity to experience the joy of playing baseball.
The Miracle League will reach out to invite children and adults with special needs to play baseball through the county recreation programs, disability support groups and servicing agencies, schools, existing baseball programs and the media. The Miracle League will make dreams come true for so many who have been denied the chance to participate in the team sport of baseball. For more information about the Miracle League of Manasota, please visit our website at www.miracleleaguemanasota.org or call 941-225-2966.
Bob Mitchell, President
Miracle League of Manasota