MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Helping trumpet baseball as a sport available to all of those who have a love for the game, the Miracle League of Macon will be honored at the Georgia College & State University baseball game Sunday, March 14 at 1 p.m. at John Kurtz Field.
With the slogan of “Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball” The Miracle League provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. The league utilizes an ADA approved synthetic rubber turf field that allows all children with special needs an opportunity to play on a “level”-playing surface. The Miracle League allows these children an opportunity to finally play baseball for the first time in their lives.
“The Miracle league is not just a field for ballplayers in Macon, we’re trying to reach all families with disabilities in the Middle Georgia area,” said Daniel T. Morton, president and co-founder of the Miracle League of Macon. “We want to supply the core of opportunities for children in the area. An event like Sunday is just another way we can raise awareness of the baseball program that we have in Macon for children with disabilities.”
Dy’lon Rayford, a 6-year-old Miracle League of Macon baseball player from Milledgeville, will throw out the first pitch at the Bobcat baseball game. A kindergarten student from Midway Elementary School, Rayford will also be given a t-shirt replica of a Bobcat baseball jersey.
Members of the Bobcat baseball team will also collect donations for the Miracle League from the Kurtz Field faithful after the third inning.
“We are excited to host Dy’lon and raise money for the Miracle League,” said GCSU head coach Tom Carty. “Miracle League has been providing opportunities for many kids to get out and play baseball; something all of us at GCSU Baseball want to see. I hope we can get a lot of fans out to support the team while donating some of their hard-earned money to the Miracle League of Macon.”
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