The Miracle League of Richmond promotes community support and sponsorship to enrich the lives of our special needs population and their families through recreation, education, inclusion and socialization with their peers.
Imagine always sitting on the sidelines. For most children with a disability that is how they spend the majority of their lives, watching others do what they have been told they cannot do-NOT anymore, The Miracle League of Richmond has brought America's favorite past time to hundreds of special needs children at our state of the art ball field! Everyone hits, everyone comes to home plate! What is a rite of passage for many is now the same for our kids! Thanks to the financial donations of people like you - ALL Children regardless of ability can now play baseball in a safe and fun environment. Parents can sit and watch their kids participate for the first time in a team sport! Kids find friendships, parents find parents who "get it" when it comes to their day to day life. All of this from a ball field! YES! You helped us build it and they came! Lives have been changed! The Miracle League is a 501c3 charity that has built a facility in Chesterfield with a cushioned synthetic baseball field and Richmond’s first "Boundless Playground" for children and young adults with physical, visual and emotional challenges. We have opened a door for many families whose children had never participated in an organized sport. The Playground provides a barrier-free playground area to ALL children, of ALL abilities. Our Boundless Playground is a wonderful place to bring kids together to help develop and strengthen essential skills for life as they learn to play together in an unstructured, inclusive environment.
The Miracle League of Richmond Virginia’s (MLRV) primary focus was to organize baseball programs and build accessible rubberized fields so that every child has the chance to play baseball. In 1997, Georgia Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s Coach Eddie Bagwell invited Michael to play baseball on his team. Michael, 7, who has Spina Bifida and was in a wheelchair, attended every game and practice, while cheering on his 5 year old brother. In 1998, recognizing the potential safety hazards of a traditional field the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association (RYBA) formed the Miracle League with a mission to provide safe recreational opportunities for children with disabilities. The complex would include a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players. Today, (2016) the Miracle League of Richmond Virginia has completed the facility and has successfully grown the organization to reach over 1000+ youth with disabilities. Our mission continues to support and enrich the lives of our special needs community. We will continue to support and help special needs children through recreation and education while encouraging socialization and inclusion with their peers.
Sustainability of the Miracle League is a top priority. We have had conversations with Chesterfield's Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Program to begin running the day-to-day operations of the league. National statistics show that a collaborative agreement between Miracle League and a government agency means continued overall success of the Miracle League program. Both organizations agree this is a necessary direction to secure growth of the Miracle League program, to remove ongoing costs such as insurance, marketing and other operational expenses. Utilizing existing therapeutic staff has a proven record of success of the Miracle League and other therapeutic programs within the county.
The Miracle League of Richmond Virginia is seeking corporate sponsorship to support our league’s yearly operating expenses. We have successfully completed the facility and now seek yearly financial support of $6,000.00.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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