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Miracle League of Las Vegas

October 20, 2011

This month our Featured Partner is Miracle League Las Vegas.  Volunteering with Miracle League is a unique and rewarding experience, as volunteers motivate and assist physically challenged participants in playing non-competitive baseball.  To learn how to get involved, click here.

There is nothing more heartwarming than to see children playing the game that is America’s pastime. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities, that opportunity isn’t always the easiest to achieve. Baseball diamonds are not exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind. The Miracle League of Las Vegas removes these barriers and allows these special athletes to experience the joy of playing baseball.  By using custom-designed, rubberized surface field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices, Miracle League teams avoid the obstacles that arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth facilities.

In addition to playing the game, Miracle League helps its participants make new friends, build self-esteem and enjoy being treated just like other kids. Miracle League uses a “buddy” system — pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The resultant bond is something that has to be seen to be believed.

The Miracle League of Las Vegas serves children ages 3 and up who live with any physical or intellectual disability. The program serves children from the entire Las Vegas Valley.  The players may not be able to run the bases or hit the ball as well as their healthy peers, but the dreams of baseball greatness now live at the Miracle League of Las Vegas.

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