On May 18, the Miracle League of Stanislaus County – a league formed to give young athletes with various disabilities an opportunity to play baseball – will hold its first game at John Thurman Field in Modesto.
Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, who had his pitching arm amputated during a battle with cancer, ending his major league baseball career, will throw the first pitch of the evening.
Although Dravecky can no longer play in the MLB, he continues to inspire countless people through his writing and as a motivational speaker. Dravecky has also previously spoken at the Turlock Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast while Curt Andre served as the Mayor of Turlock.
During the game, team members of the Miracle League of Stanislaus County will partner up with players from the Modesto Nuts Minor League Baseball team.
Through the generous support of community members, the Miracle League of Stanislaus County is expected to begin construction on a specialized baseball field during the summer of 2013, which will be adapted to accommodate children with various disabilities, including those using wheelchairs.
The organization aims to serve children from the ages of 5 to 18 with weekly practices and games, giving kids of all abilities an opportunity to participate in America’s favorite pastime.
“Some families drive as far as 60 miles to participate in the Visalia league,” said Terry Battcher, MLSC Board President. “Having a league here in Modesto is going to be huge for families wanting to participate.”
The Miracle League of Stanislaus County has partnered with the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, with the Society running the administrative side of the organization. The Society for Handicapped Children and Adults has been serving the Modesto and Turlock area for nearly 60 years, and has been successfully running adaptive recreation programs for over 25 years.
“We have a growing list of children who are excited to play baseball,” said Marci Boucher, Executive Director of the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults. “Instead of watching their siblings play, as they often do because of their disability, they will be playing! It is a very exciting program for our families.”
The exposition game will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 18 Tickets can be purchased at the Nuts Ticket Booth, and will include entry into the Nuts game against the Lake Elsinore Storm at 7:05 p.m.
Those interested in the Miracle League’s baseball program can call the Society’s office at (209) 524-3536, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Miracle League, visit www.themiracleleague.org.
To learn more about the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults, visit www.societyforhandicapped.org.