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About the Miracle League of Richmond

Mission

The Miracle League of Richmond promotes community support and sponsorship to enrich the lives of our special needs population and their families through recreation, education, inclusion and socialization with their peers.

History

The Miracle League of Richmond’s (MLOR) primary focus is to organize baseball programs and to build accessible rubberized fields so that every child has the chance to play baseball.

In 1997, Georgia Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s Coach Eddie Bagwell invited Michael to play baseball on his team. Michael, 7, who has Spina Bifida and was in a wheelchair, attended every game and practice, while cheering on his 5 year old brother. In 1998, recognizing the potential safety hazards of a traditional field, the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) formed the Miracle League with a mission to provide safe recreational opportunities for children with disabilities. The complex would include a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.

Richmond Virginia’s Miracle League field, located at the L.C. Bird Sports complex in Chesterfield County, took 597 days to complete. On September 15, 2007, the field opened to twenty-four young baseball players and a host of “Buddies” to play on Virginia’s First Miracle Field! Since then The MLOR has provided safe recreational play for over five hundred players and volunteers.

The Miracle League organization and Chesterfield Parks & Recreation has opened the Miracle League Facility to other organizations with clients that are physically or intellectually challenged. Since 2008, the Virginia Veteran’s Hospital has used the Miracle League facility for wheelchair softball and family picnics. We invite therapeutic organizations to use the Miracle League facility during the year when not in use by the Miracle League organization.

“The Miracle League of Richmond is truly blessed for the community’s belief in our mission and purpose.”

Facility

The Miracle League of Richmond provides safe recreational opportunities for children with disabilities.

Our Richmond sports complex includes a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.

The field is Sofscape rubberized turf, perfect for wheelchair use. It is ADA compliant and completely enclosed for our participants’ safety.

The Miracle League’s “Boundless Playground,” the first such facility in Richmond, is located in the Miracle League complex. Opened in April 2010, the playground provides a barrier-free playground area where children, with and without disabilities, can develop essential skills for life as they learn to play together.

A Boundless Playground is a wonderful way to bring kids together, to eliminate bias, and to provide another opportunity for inclusion and fun!

The Miracle League facility removes all barriers and opens doors for many families whose children have never participated in an organized sport within an organized league. It is located at Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation’s L C Bird High School Athletic Complex. Children between the ages of 3 and 21 with physical or intellectual challenges from Richmond and surrounding counties are welcomed.

FAQs

  • The Miracle League is a national organization determined to bring the game of baseball to children with disabilities around the globe. Our focus is to orchestrate programs and to help build accessible, rubberized fields so that every child has the chance to play baseball.

  • The field is located at the L.C. Bird High School Sports Complex (10301 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832), off of Route 10 in Chesterfield County. Once at L.C. Bird High School, go around the far side of the school building. The field is next to the large parking lot. View map here.

  • When someone asks us, “How can I help?”, our first instinct is to say, “Make a donation.” However, there are many other ways to assist. If you are looking for a way to help, take a look at the lists below. You should find something there you can do. If you are uncertain please call Karen Pusey at 804.229.4966. We can’t do this alone… please help!

  • Now that the field is built, we still need all of the following and more:

    • Coaches and assistance coaches – Male or female 18 years or older, subject to background check.
    • Angels in the Outfield – Every player needs a “buddy” to be with him or her at the plate and in the field. This can be a sibling, parent, and/or community volunteer.
    • Team Moms – Preferably a mother of a player on their team.
    • Team Sponsors – for uniforms and seasonal trophies.
    • Event Planner – To assist in the year’s many events and planning (experience required).

    Many other volunteer positions are available. Please contact the Miracle League of Richmond for further information.