About Miracle League of the Triangle
Through America's favorite pastime of baseball, the Miracle League of the Triangle celebrates the lives of people living with special needs. Their non-profit organization welcomes baseball players with disabilities and their families to experience a positive sense of community and kinship; a spirit of inclusion; and an acceptance for who they are and what they bring to their community. At Miracle League, individuals who may not otherwise be afforded the opportunity to play on a team are welcomed with open arms to bring their smiles, laughter, and energy to their very own baseball diamonds. Just like in the Big Leagues, each athlete is called up to bat with a personalized nickname and Walk-up music, and every player scores their team a run on the scoreboard.
The Miracle League has grown over the past 14 years, starting with 80 children on eight teams to now serving over 500 individuals in the triangle’s special needs community. Today, forty teams play on two customized, accessible fields located in Cary and North Raleigh. They are growing and have a goal to serve over 1,000 local players, including opening a future ball field to be built in Durham near the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Through partnering with The Miracle League, Triangle cares is hoping to help them achieve this goal!
The shared joy at Miracle League is made possible not only through players and parents, but also a community of dedicated volunteers. In fact, the program offers over 4,000 volunteer opportunities between the two seasons held each Spring and Fall. Volunteer Coaches and Buddies work one-on-one with players, emphasizing skills, safety, and, of course, lots of fun. You must be at least 12 years old to volunteer and at least 16 years old to coach.
The volunteer opportunity that caught my eye is becoming a Buddy. Buddies are paired up with a player and help assist and protect the player while allowing them the freedom to play. Being a buddy is an amazing opportunity to be engaged and almost anyone can be one (ages 12 and up)! Working one-on-one with the players will also give you a new perspective on life and warm your heart.
If you would like to learn more about Miracle League of the Triangle’s volunteer opportunities, click this link: https://www.mltriangle.com/volunteer/
Anyone who has seen a Miracle League game in action quickly realizes they are witnessing something extraordinary. As every special athlete scores a run you feel the excitement of success; the thrill of victory; the elation of triumph; and the security and pure joy of being called “Safe!” at home.
Jordan Hannan and Jordan Lappin