A great day for baseball

“I get to play baseball today just like my brother!”

That’s the first thing that nine-year-old John, a wheelchair-bound little boy, said to his mom last Saturday. John is one of the Miracle League’s 40 special needs children in Miami Dade County who have joined our league since November. Our second game was played Saturday at Suniland Park in conjunction with Howard Palmetto’s annual Family Picnic.

My name is Lisa Mays, executive board member of the Miracle League of Miami Dade. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of being a part of this amazing project and fundraising campaign to build the first special needs baseball field in Miami.

With over 30,000 special needs children in our community, the Miracle League of Miami Dade County has made a commitment to build a ballpark with a specialized playing surface and amenities that these families can call their own. With the support of the Miami Marlins, Miami Dade county officials, the Miami Dade Parks Department and many community sponsors we are on our way to achieving our funding goal to build our field. We will continue to hold games at local parks as we raise awareness and funds to build our Miracle League Park.

I invite you to become a part of this project and see these children’s smiles when we say, “Play ball!” Watch for details of our next game in February at UM’s Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park. Please go to <www.miracleleagueofmiamidade.org> to learn more and make a contribution.

To contact me, call 786-224-4800 or email me at lmays@miracleleagueofmiamidade.org.

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