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Best Night of Baseball EVER…with The Miracle League of the Triangle

Leadership Cary at The Miracle League of the Triangle

Leadership Cary at The Miracle League of the Triangle

Last night was our Community Service Project with our Leadership Cary Class of 2014-2015.   We were signed-up to be Volunteer Baseball Buddies for The Miracle League of the Triangle.  The Vision of The Miracle League is “Everyone deserves to experience joy and community through baseball” and operate with their Mission “The create positive life experiences for children and adults with specials needs and for their families through baseball.”  The Miracle League opened their field in Cary, NC on September 16 2006 and had their first season on the Andy’s Foundation Ball Field with more than 100 payers and 200 volunteers from around the Triangle area.   There are now two fields (one in North Raleigh) and they serve over 400 players on 30 teams.

My baseball buddy, Andrew

My baseball buddy, Andrew

I’ve been familiar with The Miracle League for a while now as my good friend, Seth Walter, has played baseball with them for several years.    I had a chance to go see him play late last year and LOVED watching him smile and celebrate as he hit the ball and ran the bases!  When you play baseball on the field, there are NO OUTS, NO STRIKES, everyone gets a chance to hit the ball-regardless of their ability, and everyone WINS!   It’s such a positive and encouraging atmosphere.  Last night with my first chance to serve as a “baseball buddy”.  We had about 20 members of our Leadership Cary group there to help volunteer and it was SO MUCH FUN!  There were two games played, each games last about 1 hour 15 mins.   Once you arrive and get signed-in and watch a Volunteer Orientation Video, you are then paired up with a baseball player for the game, you are their baseball buddy!  You stay with them through the whole game, you help them at bat, run the bases with them, and assist in the field.   It’s soooooooo much fun and very rewarding to be out there helping.  The players abilities range but their smiles are all the same!  They LOVE IT!

Baseball Field

Baseball Field

My baseball player was Andrew.  He has autism and was non-verbal but we had a great time playing baseball together.  He was really good at throwing the ball and had a good arm at the bat too!   His mom and dad were there to watch him play.   He really liked the bright yellow baseball that we were throwing together during warm-up.   I enjoyed being his buddy and here are a few pictures from last night to share.   Thanks again to Christie Moser of the Cary Chamber and program facilitator for Leadership Cary, for selecting this as our Community Service Project!

I think it was a fantastic night!

Home Run with Andrew!

Home Run with Andrew!

 

Tia with her buddy, Tony

Tia with her buddy, Tony

 

Players are ready!

Players are ready!

 

Everyone wins!

Everyone wins!

 

Becca and Andrew

Becca and Andrew

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