It’s more than an ordinary baseball game. It’s an expression of sheer Joy!
HISTORY OF THE LEAGUE
The idea started with two Cary men, Robin Rose and Tony Withers. In 2004, they saw a TV special about the Miracle League, an organization dedicated to providing special needs kids with a chance to play baseball. The two were inspired and set about building both the field the kids would need and the organization we know as The Miracle League of the Triangle.
They called on friends, business partners, local civic groups — anybody who would listen and who seemed likely to help. Within two years, they had built a top-notch, specially designed field in Cary, and in 2006, the season opened with 106 players. Within a few years, the number of players passed 300 and the league added a second field in North Wake County. Soon, a third will open in Durham as we pursue our dream of reaching 1,000 players.
HOW JOY IS CREATED
We play on wheelchair-friendly, handicap-accessible fields. Each game lasts two innings and each player bats and scores in each inning. Our players wear team jerseys and caps, each has a volunteer Buddy to help him or her navigate the field, and our play-by-play crew announces each player as they head to the plate. The players all have nicknames — creations of their own making — and they all have special music that pours out of the loudspeakers while they bat. Currently, 500 players on 40 teams play 18 weeks each year. High school kids play on Friday nights, under the lights. Younger kids play on Saturdays. Young adults play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
SCOPE OF THE LEAGUE
People who give us their time, talents, and treasure are the backbone of our success. Our cheering sections fill each game day with dozens upon dozens of family members, friends, and volunteers. Each week — counting players, coaches, volunteers and parents — we make winners out of 1,500 people
Our $435,000 operating budget is underwritten by the generosity of folks who live and work in every corner of the Triangle. We rely on money from individuals like you, from businessmen and women, from local civic-minded groups, and from corporate partners who care about our kids. This golf tournament will help us reach new players and families through the game of baseball.
FUTURE FOR THE LEAGUE
As we move deeper into our second decade of operation, we continue to pursue our dream of reaching 1,000 players — and their families — through baseball. We are expanding our leagues at the North Wake Field. We are adding young adults to our weeknight leagues in Cary and north Wake. And soon, we plan to open our third field in Durham.