Miracle League Needs Buddies

A record 194 youth and adult players are signed up to play Miracle League ball this spring, up more than 30 from last year, prompting the addition of six new teams.

That means 30-45 more volunteer buddies are needed to make the spring season a success for players with disabilities.

A total of 14 Miracle League teams will play in the spring league starting April 17. Six youth teams play at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday; four adult teams play at 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday; and another four adult teams play at 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Miracle League pairs each player with a volunteer buddy to help hit, catch, run bases, cheer and enjoy playing ball. While many new and returning volunteer on-field buddies have signed up for the spring season, several more buddies are needed.

Buddies must be age 12 or older, enthusiastic, friendly, able to assist players on the field and ready to have a good time. They’re needed for an hour a week. Single-game opportunities are available, but a three-game commitment – if not the whole seven-week season – is preferred.

All games take place at the Betty and Bobby Allison Miracle League Ball Field at Dan Kinney Park, 2701 S. Blackman Road. The 1/3-size field has a barrier-free cushioned rubber surface, designed to be safe for walkers, wheelchairs and players with gait issues. The field is fully accessible, as is the adjacent Dan Kinney Park playground.

For more information and volunteer registration forms, visit ParkBoard.org/Miracle_Field or contact Miracle League Commissioner Cyrus Taylor at 417-837-5808 or email Cyrus Taylor.

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Lance Kettering is the Executive Director of the Springfield Sports Commission and Sports Sales Manager for the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau

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