Miracle League of El Paso

There is something about playing the game that lights up a youngster’s eyes. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities, that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve. Baseball diamonds weren’t exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind.

The Miracle League removes the barriers which keep mentally and physically disabled children off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these children arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth leagues. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, synthetic turf field which accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping prevent injuries. Each community’s goal is to raise the funds necessary to complete a Miracle League field.

But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other kids. To help the athletes the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system — pairing each player with an able bodied peer. The resultant bond is beyond imagination. – Director: Sandie Olivar