Registration underway as Goodwill NCW’s Miracle League programs return with safety protocols
Registration is now open to both players and community volunteers for the 2021 Miracle League of the Fox Valley, Miracle League of the Lakeshore and Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley seasons.
Goodwill NCW sponsors three Miracle League programs across its 35 counties. Last year’s season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the 2021 season will take place with safety measures in place.
“We are excited to welcome everyone back to the field for the 2021 Miracle League season,” said Jennie Moore, Goodwill NCW Mission Services vice president. “The health and safety of our players, volunteers, families, community members and spectators are our top priority. While some procedures will look different this year, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to get children playing baseball again and building life skills.”
Miracle League is a program that gives children ages 4-19 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to play organized baseball in a noncompetitive league on a safe, accessible field with a synthetic surface. Each player is paired with a community volunteer. Community volunteers also serve as coaches, announcers and umpires during the typical eight-week season.
Goodwill NCW and the Miracle League programs will be following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials’ guidelines for the upcoming season, including local mask mandates, social-distancing practices and sanitization procedures. Since those guidelines are ever-evolving, safety procedures will be shared with all participants closer to the start of the season.
Here’s more detailed information on each of the programs:
Miracle League of the Fox Valley
The Miracle League of the Fox Valley is celebrating its 11th season of baseball in 2021. Games are played at the John Wollner Fox Cities Miracle Field at Memorial Park in Appleton.
The deadline for player registration is March 29, and community volunteers can register through May 17. Participants will be notified of their team in mid-May.
Because of the pandemic, there will not be an opening-day celebration this year. An all-league meeting for program participants will be held on Saturday, June 5, and the regular season gets underway on June 7. Each team plays one game a week at either 5:30 or 7 p.m. Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. There are no practices.
The cost is $45 per player. The fee includes a team jersey, cap, team picture, player insurance and end-of-the-season award.
For registration forms and more information, visit foxvalleymiracleleague.com.
Miracle League of the Lakeshore
The Miracle League of the Lakeshore is entering its seventh season at Goodwill Miracle Field of Dreams at Miracles Park in Manitowoc.
The deadline to register is March 29, and players will be notified of their team in early May. The $45 fee includes a team jersey, cap, team picture, player insurance and end-of-the-season award.
The season gets underway June 7, with games played Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Each participant plays one game a week. Volunteers are needed to serve as buddies for the players.
The Miracle League of the Lakeshore also offers an over 19 All Star League. Individuals over 19 with intellectual and physical disabilities are encouraged to play. The All Star League plays on Wednesday nights. This will be the third season of this league.
For registration forms and more information, visit miracleleaguelakeshore.com.
Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley
The Miracle League of the Chippewa Valley is entering its fourth season, giving kids the incredible opportunity to play baseball on a barrier-free field.
The deadline to register a player is March 31. Volunteer/buddy registration will remain open until positions are filled. With the registration fee of $45, players receive a team jersey, hat, team picture and championship award. Players/buddies will be notified of their team in April.
Games are played at the Miracle Field at Jeffers Road Park, 5710 Jeffers Road, Eau Claire. The eight-week regular season gets underway June 7 and continues through the week of Aug. 2. An optional All-Star game will be played during the week of Aug. 2. Games will be played Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Each participant/team plays one game a week.
To register a player or sign up to be a volunteer online, visit chippewavalleymiracleleague.com.