The Miracle League of CT Is Looking For Buddies

Families are now able to register - through April 1st - for the Miracle League of Connecticut's spring baseball programs.

The league is open to boys and girls, ages 4 and up, who have physical or cognitive challenges.  The Miracle League Field in West Hartford is Connecticut's only fully wheelchair accessible baseball field.  The season runs from late April through mid-June.

"What we really need are buddies.  Our organization is growing so fast and we're thrilled that it is growing but we really need more volunteers at this point," says Program Director Kipling Berger-Gottshall. 

Buddies must be age 12 or older.  Oftentimes, teens and young adults volunteer for high school or college credit.  No sports experience is required.  Volunteers are paired with one child per game. "Our players just love the buddies, they look up to the buddies and have the greatest experience with them," says Berger-Gottshall.  "It's just a wonderful, wonderful way to give back to the community." 

The Miracle League's programming is growing.  Berger-Gottshall is excited about a new adapted swim program at the Mandell JCC.  The league is also adding two more baseball teams this year, in an effort to service families throughout the state, not just in the Hartford area.

The young players build confidence and make new friendships.  "They get all of that and they just get to play.  Our motto is, 'Every child deserves the chance to play'," says Berger-Gottshall.  "For the parents, they get a break.  Parents get to watch their kids participate and experience the joy of playing."

Register for programs or sign-up to be a buddy on the Miracle League's web site.



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