17950 Germantown Park Drive Germantown, MD
There is something about playing that lights up a youngster’s eyes. Sadly, for children with physical or mental challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult or impossible experience. The Miracle League of Montgomery County (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization) was formed by the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda to give these children the opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league.
We are building a specially equipped baseball field that will give mentally or physically challenged children the recreational opportunity they deserve. Construction of the field requires special design, specifications, and details to be accessible to disabled children. We are in the process of raising the funds to build this field; hopefully by the spring of 2010.
The Miracle League will give these children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine, and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form. It is the first of its kind in Maryland and will serve children in Montgomery County, the surrounding counties, DC, and Virginia.
The Miracle League Field will be located in the South Germantown Recreational Park off
Schaeffer Road, directly across from the soccer complex. This location was chosen so the Miracle League participants would be able to play baseball alongside their brothers, sisters, friends and schoolmates. We have met all the requirements of the Park and Planning Commission of Montgomery County, as well as the necessary environmental, Federal and local laws, rules and regulations.
During each Miracle League game, each child will have a chance at bat and to score a run. Miracle League team members will be assigned buddies who will assist them in hitting the ball and “running” the bases. Fellow schoolmates, members of Kiwanis Key Clubs, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time, will be enlisted as buddies to give each child the gift of baseball. We are in the process of recruiting coaches, buddies, and other team supporters.
Questions about The Miracle League or to discuss a donation should be directed to Dr. James Leder, President of The Miracle League of Montgomery County, at 301-983-1774 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.