Play ball! Miracle League programs gear up for opening day
Opening day for Goodwill’s three Miracle League programs — Miracle League of the Fox Valley, Miracle League of the Lakeshore and Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley — is fast approaching.
Miracle League is a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin that gives children ages 4-19 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to play organized baseball in an organized, noncompetitive league on a safe, accessible field with a synthetic surface. Each player is paired with a community volunteer who assists with hitting, rounding the bases and having fun. It’s about building relationships, improving self-esteem and being part of a team.
Miracle League of the Fox Valley
The Miracle League of the Fox Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Opening day will be at 10:30 a.m. June 8, and the regular season gets underway June 10 at the John Wollner Fox Cities Miracle League Field at Memorial Park, 1620 E. Witzke Blvd., Appleton. Regular-season games are played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The league is entering this milestone season with 16 teams, 212 players and 268 volunteers.
“It’s unbelievable to think this is the 10th season of Miracle League baseball in the Fox Valley,” program director Lisa Robbins said. “The league has grown into an important program for our community — parents have seen their child step into the batter’s box for the first time (over 1,500 players), meaningful friendships have been made, middle- and high-school students have had their first volunteer opportunity, our community has learned about advocacy and acceptance, and the players have a league and field to call their own. It’s been an amazing nine seasons with so much laughter and joy. I’m looking forward to celebrating the 2019 season with our MLFV families, community volunteers, fans and sponsors!”
Find more information on the Miracle League of the Fox Valley at foxvalleymiracleleague.com.
Miracle League of the Lakeshore
The Opening Day Celebration gets underway at 9:30 a.m. June 1 at the Goodwill Miracle League Field of Dreams at Dewey Street Park, 1840 S. 35th St., Manitowoc.
The league is entering its sixth season with 10 teams, 100 players and more than 100 volunteers. The regular season gets underway June 3, with games played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and ends Aug. 1. The league will be entering into its second year of the Over 19 All Star League with two teams, 25 players and 25 volunteers. The games are played at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
Find more information on the Miracle League of the Lakeshore at miracleleaguelakeshore.com.
Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley
Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley is holding its Opening Day Celebration at 2 p.m. June 3 at Jeffers Road Park, 5710 Jeffers Road, Eau Claire.
League play runs June 10 through Aug. 7, with an optional All-Star game the week of Aug. 12. Games are played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The league is entering its third season with eight teams, 135 players and 180 volunteers.
For more information on the Miracle League of the Lakeshore, visit chippewavalleymiracleleague.com.
About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that believes in Elevating People by Eliminating Barriers to Employment across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at www.reStitch.com, a women’s apparel website, and www.shopgoodwill.com. It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of GuideStar.org, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit www.goodwillncw.org.