Miracle League Summer Classic set for Saturday, July 13

Come out and witness a Saturday night miracle at 7 p.m., July 13, i n Pine crest’s Suniland Park as the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County fields the first Summer Classic sponsored by The Assurant Foundation.

This will be the seventh exhibition game in the inaugural season of the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County, a non-profit organization with a mission to build an accessible recreational facility without barriers for children with special needs so that they can play baseball. A barrier for those children stems from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth leagues.

Miracle League teams play on a specially designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and walkers, and is designed to help prevent injuries and promote fun for the participants.

Local specialty risk management company Assurant Solutions has contributed $10,000 to support the Miracle League and its drive to build the special baseball field. “Having been a part of this community since 1948, we take our role very seriously in how we support our neighbors,” said Assurant senior vice president Ana Rojas-Filliben. “Assurant is pleased to support the Miracle League and share in the mission to create positive life experiences for these children and their families through baseball.”

There are 255 Miracle Leagues in North America, not including the start-up one in Miami-Dade County. The Miracle League organization is striving to raise $1.5 million for the construction of a dedicated special-needs sports facility located at Tamiami Park. The realization of the special field will be accomplished with the help of Miami-Dade County, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, the generosity of such corporate entities as the Miami Marlins and the Assurant Solutions/Foundation, and donations and contributions from individuals.

“As part of our ongoing fundraising efforts, we have partnered with several philanthropic supporters in our community,” said Lisa Mays, Miracle League director of fundraising. “Through the partnership and support of groups like Assurant Solutions, we soon will be able to break ground on our very own Miracle League field.”

A Pinecrest-based group of Miracle League volunteers is working to help the organization reach its goal of providing the opportunity, support and a facility for all children to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. The Miracle League Midsummer Game in Pinecrest on Saturday evening will begin with player introductions, followed by a VIP who will throw out the first pitch.

The Miracle League game will follow and last for about one hour. Come on out and join the fun!

For more information on the Miracle League of Miami-Dade, go to www.mlomd.org or call 786-224- 4800.

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