Miracle League play to kick off April 23

Published 12:01 am Friday, March 29, 2013

Let’s play some ball!

Covington County Miracle League Board hammered out the season’s particulars Wednesday and announced the season is set to kick-off April 23, said Chairwoman Jill Metcalf.

The season will begin with an organizational practice that Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Johnson Park; however, those interested can get a sneak peak the Friday before, she said.

“We want to invite anyone who is curious about the League, about how the game is played, or if they have a child or know someone who might would enjoy playing to come out to Johnson Park on April 19,” Metcalf said

That day, the county’s three school systems and its special-needs students will participate in the second annual “Special Adventures” outing. CCML board members will be on hand to distribute league information to parents and care givers – and students can participate in a ball game on the specially-designed field.

Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience America’s favorite pastime. Children play on custom-designed, rubberized turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and other assertive devices. The league uses a “buddy” system, pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. More than 500 potential Miracle League players have been identified in Covington County, and Metcalf and other board members hope a good portion of those are seen playing on the field next month.

The league is free of charge and for all ages.

A T-shirt and hat will be provided at no cost, and no equipment – other than tennis shoes – is required. Gloves are optional. Play will be held on Tuesday nights for six weeks, with the first game set for April 30.

“And please remember that this league is countywide – not just for the people in Andalusia or Opp or Florala; it’s for everyone,” Metcalf said.

For more information about play, contact, Caitlin Shipman, City of Andalusia’s program coordinator of athletics, by phone at 334.428.2106 or 334.818.1057, or by email at caitlin.shipman@cityofandalusia.com.