by Brian DeCandia, sports information graduate assistant
MACON, Ga. – The Georgia College baseball team (28-14, 12-9 PBC) and head coach Tom Carty took some time out of the baseball season to go serve as “Buddies” for the Miracle League games this past Friday night.
“This is our second year with the Miracle League,” said Carty. “Our players really enjoy being “buddies” at the games. Each year we learn so much from the players at Miracle League about determination, teamwork and sportsmanship. They give a lot more to us than we give to them. This is a great partnership between Bobcat Baseball and Miracle League. We hope we can continue to have them as our community partner for years to come.”
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.
Dy’Lon Rayford was in action Friday night for the first time. The Bobcat baseball “buddies” enjoyed assisting Rayford in a game that they have grown to love so much and look to keep this growing relationship going with the Miracle League.
The 7-year-old Rayford threw out a pitch at Miracle League Day at GC Baseball a year ago, and will do so again Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. as the Bobcats host their Second Annual Miracle League game against Erskine College, where the Bobcat baseball crew will also be taking donations to support the foundation.
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