Miracle League of Richmond, Virginia, Inc.
P.O. Box 1157
Mechanicsville VA 23111
Mission Statement

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.

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Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Karen Rodgers Pusey
Board Chair Karen R Pusey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1157
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Telephone 804 229-4966
Fax 804 730-0282
E-mail karen@mlor.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $155,000.00
Statements
Mission

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.

Impact

 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.

 

Needs
 We are 100% volunteer run organization so always in need of volunteers ages 11 and up! .  We are in need of donations to cover our operating costs of $6000.00 for 2017.
Background

 

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.


 

CEO Statement
Visit the Miracle League baseball field on any Friday night or Saturday morning in the spring and fall, and you will discover what “community” is all about. There, physically, intellectually and visually challenged children play baseball; moms, dads, sisters, brothers, friends and volunteers cheer, coach, and provide “buddy” assistance in what is truly ninety minutes of love, pride, bonding, and accomplishment. On that field or in the dugout, when these kids look at you with wide-eyed excitement upon receiving their first baseball cap, or tell you that they proudly have let schoolmates know that they play on a “real baseball team”, or just give you a “high five” after crossing home plate, it is difficult not to get a lump in your throat. If the old saying is true that “a rising tide lifts all boats”, then the Miracle League is most certainly a high tide for all. It is heartening to realize that this program provides an opportunity for kids to express themselves by doing and not just watching! The growth of the league is a testament to those who have worked hard and have dedicated so much of their time on behalf of the kids. What a splendid reality—that this endeavor will continue to expand and strengthen. We all would be better for it.
Board Chair Statement

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.

 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Petersburg, City
Chesterfield County
Chester
Henrico County
Metro Richmond
Powhatan County
Hanover County
Miracle League of Richmond serves children in Richmond and all surrounding counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Karen R Pusey
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Apr 2005 to Dec 2017
Email karen@mlor.org
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Karen Props
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term Sept 2005 to Oct 2017
Email ksprops@verizon.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Danielle J Hagen Community Volunteer
Karen Props Community Volunteer
Karen Rodgers Pusey Community Volunteer
Marty Schwind Community Volunteer (Construction)
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
We would like to recruit more diverse individuals to serve on our board. 
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Karen Rodgers Pusey
Experience Karen's enthusiasm and dedication for the Miracle League vision is contagious. She is passionate,determined, successful in her role as president of the Miracle League of Richmond Virginia.The Miracle League of Richmond board members and volunteers have grown in enthusiasm with Karen and her family's vision for Richmond's first "Field of Dreams."
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mrs Danielle J Hagen Treasurer
Mrs. Karen Props Vice President/Secretary
Mrs. Karen Props Vice President/Secretary
Mr. Marty Schwind Construction Maintenance
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 100
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description

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.

 The Miracle League of Richmond Virginia serves children ages 3-21.
 
Budget $6,000.00
Long Term Success Richmond's Miracle League field was completed in September 2007 and on September 15, 2007, the Miracle League of Richmond Virginia opened its field to 24 young baseball players and a host of "Buddies" to play on Virginia's First Miracle Field! As of 2016, we have provided safe recreational play for over 600 players and volunteers.
CEO/ED/Board Comments 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. On a national level, statistics show the overall success of the Miracle League program continued with the support of a government agency. 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.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $155,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$81,174$10,195$5,581
Administration Expense$2,952$1,050$3,754
Fundraising Expense$1,032$565$1,337
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.521.488.38
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%86%52%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%3%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$82,238$123,529$117,810
Current Assets$82,238$123,529$117,810
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$82,238$123,529$117,810
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Our Capital Campaign donations will go directly to our new field surface. After 10 years of safe play by thousands of kids, our field surface is in need of a face lift. This new surface will provide additional cushion for safe recreational play for years to come.
Goal $150,000.00
Dates Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Amount Raised To Date $78,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 9/2016View
2016-2017 Solicitations PermitView
Comments
Organization Comments
The Miracle League of Richmond is truly blessed to have successfully completed the facility to include the baseball field, playground, bathrooms and lights and be completely debt free today.  We will continue to work to increase revenues, increase awareness and enrich the lives of our players and volunteers.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by Rosen & Underdown, CPAs, PLC
  • Profit & Loss Statements prepared internally by the organization
  • Financial information provided by the Form 990