Batter up! Miracle League kicks off baseball season

Miracle League slugger Whitt McConnell watches his ball take off Monday evening at the Field of Miracles. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Monday evening, Cullman Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism (CPRST) Therapeutic Recreation’s Miracle League kicked off its baseball season at the Field of Miracles with a matchup of two of the league’s 13 and under teams. In the league’s approach to special needs sports, everyone got to bat and both teams ran up a score while athletes and fans alike enjoyed an active evening full of fellowship and fresh air.

Miracle League coordinator Ashley Dye told The Tribune, “We’re so excited to finally be able to get to spend some time with our Miracle League participants. We have been missing them, definitely, so it’s exciting to get started and be able to just be with them, because I know, since all of this started with COVID, that they’ve been missing us, as well, and being able to socialize. We’re just happy to be back and excited to see everyone again, and get baseball started!”

The Miracle League 2020 summer baseball season features 60 athletes, along with their helpers and coaches. Spring and fall programs will draw up to 140 participants ranging in age from 4-65.

What do you get out of working with the Miracle League?

Dye answered, “I would say heart. You get the full experience; it’s chills from your head to your toes and excitement from the word ‘go.’ We really get to see how much they truly enjoy life, and it’s something that we can all take and some of us take for granted. It’s an experience, and if you’ve never been able to be around the Miracle League or any of our participants in Therapeutic Recreation, I strongly suggest that you come watch a game, and just talk to them and be around them and experience it for yourself.”

Catch a game!

The summer baseball season will feature 7 p.m. games Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 16. If you, your organization, civic group, Sunday School class, etc. would like to enjoy an evening out and do something great, you are welcome to come out and cheer on the athletes!

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W.C. Mann