March has been a busy month for players of the Miracle League of Miami- Dade.
The Miracle League kids played a special game on the field at UM’s Mark Light Field on Saturday, Mar. 9. Hurricanes head coach Jim Morris and the Hurricanes baseball team wanted to be involved in this project and offered their time and expertise to buddy the special needs children of the Miracle League.
“Through the support of the University of Miami and other prestigious organizations in Miami Dade County, we have been able to raise a great awareness for our project,” said Miracle League cofounder Keith Reilly. “We now need the community’s financial support to begin building our field this year.”
Coach Morris is a supporter of the Miracle League and encourages his players to give back to the community. Stephen Pugh, UM assistant director of marketing, donated specially designed players’ uniform shirts for the game to make the day extra special for the kids. The Hurricanes also have invited the Miracle League to be a part of the Saturday, Mar. 23, game against Virginia Tech. UM will honor the Miracle League players, announcing their names over the PA as they take the field for the national anthem with the Hurricanes players.
As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts, the Miracle League invited several philanthropic supporters in the community to attend the game. Many, including Miami’s own Marc Buoniconti of the Miami Project, came out to Mark Light Field to cheer on the kids. After seeing the struggles these children face and the joy they experienced in the two-inning game, Buoniconti expressed his commitment to supporting the project and his desire to help build theMiracle League field.
“I’d like to thank the University of Miami and head coach Jim Morris for their support of our disabled children,” said Sandy Robinson of the Miracle League. “Their willingness to share the field at Mark Light with the kids means so much to them and their families. It’s truly an unforgettable experience for our Miracle League players.”
Check out the Miracle League on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MiracleLeagueOfMiamiDade) to see photos from recent games and see upcoming game dates. Visit www.miracleleagueofmiamidade.org to learn more and make a contribution.