Miracle League Los Angeles
Miracle League Los Angeles is the first Miracle Field in the area. The local chapter is part of over 250 current teams, and over 200,000 children that span the nation with the shared goal of giving every child, regardless of their individual special needs, the opportunity to participate in the great American pastime.
Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical challenges off the field and lets them experience the joy of America’s pastime. Since one of the main barriers for these children arises from the natural grass fields used in conventional leagues, Miracle League Los Angeles teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it’s about more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated like other kids. 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 Association serves children and adults from any mental or physical disabilities that can cause them to be excluded from conventional youth sports.
Miracle League has received local and national media attention. The league has been chronicled in the local newspaper, televised locally on NBC, ABC, Connecting With Kids and FOX, Atlanta affiliates and nationally on CNN, MSNBC and Fox Sports. In July 2001, the league was profiled on a segment of HBO’s Real Sports. Articles profiling the league appeared in People, Family Circle, and Rotary International magazines. In January 2002 the Miracle League were awarded the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and on January 24th PAX TV’s “It A Miracle” told the story of Conyers Miracle League Player Lauren Gunder and in 2014 The Miracle League was visited by President George W. Bush. February 2002 the Miracle League Players were featured in Rotary Internationals’ PSA chosen out of 500 applicants. Winter of 2002 the Miracle League again was profiled in the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. January of 2002 won the 11ALIVE TV Community Service Award and June of 2002 took the Jefferson Award, The American Institute for Public Services, founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft, Jr. One of the greatest achievements was being inducted to The Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2002 The Miracle League was featured in People, Family Circle, Rotary International, TIME, Sports Illustrated, FOOD Network’s Paula Deen’s Magazine, Embracing Changes, to name a few. 2008 a Wine was created for Braves Player, Chipper Jones and The Miracle League was the beneficiary of its worldwide sales. And recently received the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Award.
100% of your donation to Miracle League Los Angeles goes to provide; uniforms, gear, insurance, and financial aide to our players and their families. For more information please visit our website www.miracleleaguela.org