The Miracle League at Prospect Meadows
Prospect Meadows and the Marion Metro Kiwanis Club have partnered to organize the Miracle League at Prospect Meadows. The Kiwanis Club has donated $150,000 towards the construction of the Miracle Field, and Variety - the Children's Charity has donated $25,000 towards the Miracle Field as well.
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these adults arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League serves children and adults who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded, whether intentionally or not, from conventional Baseball leagues.
During each Miracle League game, every player is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. Team members are assigned “buddies” who assist them in hitting the ball and “running” the bases. Buddies can be fellow schoolmates, parents, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to give a child the gift of baseball.
The rules are simple:
- Every player bats once each inning (each game has two innings)
- All base runners are safe
- Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up hits a home run)
- Community volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players
- Every game ends in a tie
The point of the game is less about baseball and more about fun! The benefits gained by everyone involved are tremendous. The child’s self-esteem grows, they make friends, become less isolated and “just become a regular kid, not a kid with a disability.”
Ways to Get Involved
The Miracle League is free for children to play, so we rely on sponsors and donations to operate the Miracle League at Prospect Meadows. The Miracle League at Prospect Meadows is offering 3 sponsorship packages for businesses or individuals wanting to get involved.
Premier Sponsorship Package
The Premier Sponsorship Package includes the following:
- 5' x 10' outfield sign
- Premier Sponsor designation on League Sponsors banner
- 300 x 125 web ad
- 1st opportunity to volunteer at any Miracle League game
The Team Sponsor level includes your logo on the Miracle League Sponsors banner that's hung during the Miracle League season and 1st opportunity to volunteer at any Miracle League game.
We offer web advertisements on the Miracle Field and Miracle League pages. There are 3 sizes of ads starting at $500/year.