Eagle Athletes Give Back
By: WebmasterDate: Oct 8, 2014 Tags: School News
Have you heard of the Miracle League of Plymouth, located on Theodore Street? When the idea was announced to the Fall Sport high school athletes that they had an opportunity to volunteer on Saturday, September 27, not many had ever heard of the Miracle League. They certainly didn’t know that it was within a few miles of PCA. It was a completely voluntary activity for the PCA athletes, but much to the surprise of their coaches, 22 of them showed up that Saturday morning to help the kids at the Miracle League.
What is the Miracle League? Great question and the answer comes from their website, www.mlpplymouth.org. “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 that keep children with mentally and physically disabilities 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, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries. But it’s more than playing a game. A 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 result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League serves children who suffer from any physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded, whether intentionally or not–from conventional youth Baseball leagues.”
As one of our cross country athletes stated, “I am happy to be able to use my ability to run to help a child who can’t.” It was wonderful to watch our athletes interact with children who suffered from such a wide range of disabilities. Many of them said they would love to do it again. The hope is that our athletes came away from this volunteer opportunity with a greater understanding for children with special needs and a further desire to use the gifts that the Lord has blessed them with to serve others.