What is the Miracle League of Central Illinois?

The Miracle League of Central Illinois is a league for special needs children and adults that enables them to play baseball on a specially designed adaptive field currently under construction. The first Miracle League was started in Conyers, Ga., in 1997, and since then Miracle Leagues have been started all over the country.

What if my child has never played baseball or any other sport?

Every child, no matter his or her level of ability, can participate in the Miracle League of Central Illinois.

Where will the games be played and when?

All games will be played on the Central Illinois field of dreams which will be located at Heartland Community College in Normal.

How is the game played? How long is a game?

Each game lasts a little over one hour. They are non-competitive in nature, with each player batting, running the bases and playing outfield each inning. Volunteer buddies are assigned to each individual to assist throughout the game. There are no losers in this game, only winners with the score tied at the end of each game.

Do I need to bring anything?

Only yourselves and whatever you require for the care of your child. Before the beginning of each season every participant will receive a shirt and cap that is to be worn at each game. They should bring with them a baseball glove to be used during the course of the game. There are accessible bathrooms and a place for picnics. There is no food or beverages available at the park, but you can bring whatever you need to enjoy the game.

What are buddies and how do they help?

Each player will have a "buddy" at each game. This buddy is there to protect the player from balls, assist the player in batting and running the bases and to be a friend on and off the field. Depending on the availability and number of buddies, our plan is to have them assigned to the same child for the whole season. Buddies will be given a Miracle League shirt for their participation. They are expected to arrive at games 30 minutes before the start of the game and to notify the Miracle League Buddy coordinator at least 24 hours prior to the game if they will not be able to make the game. Anyone can be a buddy starting at age 12. The siblings, parents, relatives, and friends of players can also be their buddy.

What will the Miracle League field be like?

It will be universally accessible and the size of a small baseball field. It will have a synthetic surface that allows easy use of wheelchairs, walkers, and other adaptive devices. There will also be restrooms and parking available.

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How can I volunteer?

The Miracle League of Central Illinois is always in need of volunteers, especially for the inaugural season at our new field at Heartland Community College. We’ll need volunteers to help manage the teams and to help with league organization, publicity, and other activities.

How can I donate to the Miracle League of Central Illinois?

There are several ways you can help. Individual donations can be made through our secure PayPal service right here on our website. Donations will then be instantly sent to the Miracle League. Otherwise checks can be made out to Miracle League of Central Illinois and mailed to our headquarters. All donations are tax deductible.

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