Our Story

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We cannot change or cure the medical issues life has dealt disabled children. What we can do, is provide them with an opportunity to experience the joy and benefits that come from our National pastime – baseball.

There is something about playing the game that will light up a youngster's eyes. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve. Baseball diamonds weren't exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind.

The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these children arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices, while helping to prevent injuries.

But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self- esteem and confidence and being treated just like other kids. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a "buddy" system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League serves children who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded—whether intentionally or not—from conventional youth baseball leagues. According to the 2000 Census Bureau’s states there are 5.2 million children in our country who have disabilities between the ages of 5 and 19 and with young adults that number increases substantially.

The first Miracle League field opened in Conyers, GA, in April 1997. Word spread and by 2002, fields opened in South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, California and Chicago. There are presently more than two hundred Miracle League organizations across the country, including organizations in both Puerto Rico and Canada. Approximately one hundred leagues have completed their rubberized turf fields and one hundred more are under construction or involved in fundraising for new fields. The Miracle League serves over 200,000 children and adults with disabilities nationwide.

The Miracle League has an aggressive plan to help local communities build Miracle League complexes around the globe. For example, they plan to build 500 fields which will serve 1.3 million children with disabilities.  The Bloomington-Normal complex will be the first of its kind in Central Illinois.

Our Mission

Our mission is to:

  • Provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball, regardless of their abilities.
  • Promote community support and sponsorship of the Miracle League.
  • Promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families.

Our players may not be able to run the bases or hit the ball as well as some of their peers, but they have an equal amount of love and determination to play baseball. We want to help them achieve that dream.

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Yankees player fielding ball
Cardinals player trio with assistive devices
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Cubs player with walker
Cubs player at bat