Making miracles happen

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Just being out and playing on baseball field might not seem like much, but for some children in Covington County it would be an unreachable feat if not for the Miracle League of Covington County.

Miracle League is an organization that was founded on the sole purpose of providing opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball regardless of their abilities.

The Miracle League of Covington County began in May of 2013 and has served many children throughout the surrounding counties.

“The Miracle League of Covington County gives all the children and adults throughout Covington County, no matter their age or disability, the opportunity to participate in organized sports just like everyone else,” City of Andalusia Parks and Recreation director Caitlin Shipman said. “We are continuing to look for new ways to grow our programming and offer as many activities as we possibly can.”

This fall, the Miracle League will also begin to feature soccer matches. The soccer matches will be played on the Miracle League field on Thursday nights beginning Nov. 5.

Many people volunteer their time to keep the league running, but there is still always a need for monetary support. That support is all comes from fundraisers put on by the league and its players.

“I love the Miracle League,” Reigning Miracle League MVP J.J. Siece said. “My favorite part is playing baseball and meeting new people, and I wanted to make money for the Miracle League.”

Siece has teamed up with his cousin Jessica Lehman, who is an independent consultant for Pampered Chief, to put on a fundraiser to help raise money for the Miracle League’s new soccer program.

“We are fully involved with several organizations for special needs children,” Lehman said. “When J.J. asked us to help, I jumped at the chance. Anything we can do to help his team out.”

Siece will be selling items from Pampered Chief through catalogs and also on the Miracle League Angels Fundraiser Facebook page.

The Facebook page features a “Virtual Party” that includes cooking tips, items to order and games, and it will last until Oct. 27, Lehman said.

“Twenty five percent of the purchases will go to the Andalusia Miracle League,” Lehman said. “After it’s finished we will send J.J. a raffle basket that can be auctioned off for them to earn more money. These baskets usually come with $150 worth of products, and if people play the games on Facebook, they can win raffle tickets for chances to win the basket.”

For more information, contact Siece or the Miracle League Angels Fundraiser on Facebook