The Sarasota-Bradenton baseball league for players with special needs ends its fall season with a check presentation, awards and a party.
SARASOTA-BRADENTON (November 12, 2014) The Miracle League of Manasota, the baseball league for players with special needs, will close its fall season on November 15 with ballgames, awards and a party – along with a check presentation by the Orioles honoring retired Major League player Derek Jeter. The ceremony will be held at noon at the specially designed ball field at Longwood Run Park south of University Parkway.
“The final day of the season is always a special time for our players, families and volunteers as we celebrate the achievements of the athletes and recognize the tireless efforts of our volunteers,” said Bob Mitchell, Miracle League of Manasota president. “As we end the fall season, we are especially excited to include the Orioles in our closing ceremony and are grateful for their generous donation in Jeter’s name.”
As the Orioles raced toward a postseason berth this fall, the ballclub paused to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota with a $10,000 donation in honor of Jeter’s Hall of Fame career. Orioles Manager Buck Showalter and outfielder Nick Markakis presented the gift in Jeter’s name prior to the final game the Yankees’ No. 2 played in Baltimore.
“We know that Derek’s commitment to spreading the game of baseball to children across all walks of life has had a tremendous impact throughout several communities, and his home is right up the road in Tampa,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “It is a fitting tribute to Derek’s ongoing legacy for the Orioles to make this donation in his name to the Miracle League of Manasota, a league that gives children and adults with special needs a chance to play the great game of baseball.”
The Miracle League of Manasota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their ability to play. For the 14,000 school-aged children and countless adults with special needs in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Miracle League of Manasota raised funds to build a synthetically-surfaced baseball field at a location that serves participants from both counties.
The field, which opened in March 2012, was funded from public and private sources, including $75,000 each from the Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since that time, more than 450 players have taken the field to enjoy baseball as part of a team. Information: www.MiracleLeagueManasota.org.
As a nonprofit organization, the Miracle League of Manasota relies on community support to fulfill its mission. Sponsorships are available for both ongoing support and Phase II of field construction, which includes handicapped-accessible restrooms and concession area. The league’s major annual fundraiser, the Birdland Golf Classic presented with the Orioles, is scheduled for February 23, 2015. For information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (941) 225-2966.