The year, 2004. Two gentlemen. Same passion. Same goal. Same time, slightly different avenues are brought together and the result is the Miracle League Engelstad Family Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. You make the call, fate or divine intervention.
Miracle League Serendipity
Tim McGarry happened upon an HBO television show depicting special-needs children playing baseball on a unique cushioned field in Georgia. Tim called HBO and was put in touch with Diane Alford, the executive director of the original Miracle League in Conyers, Georgia. You see, Tim loves baseball and holds a special love in his heart for special-needs children since his brother Rory lived with a birth defect during his lifetime.
Simultaneously a different gentleman, Sal Cordaro, saw the same HBO program and was pursuing the same opportunity through Diane Alford with the original Conyers, Georgia Miracle League. Sal too loved baseball and wanted his son Aaron, who has Asperger’s Syndrome to experience the same joy and excitement of playing baseball as the children in Georgia.
Diane put Tim and Sal in contact with each other and the rest as they say “is history”.
Click here to read an award winning article written by Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review Journal about the heart warming beginning of the Miracle League of Las Vegas.
April 19, 2009: Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Miracle League of Las Vegas located in the Engelstad Family Park on the Campus of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Engelstad Foundation generously donated the funds for the construction of the field. Sal Cordaro worked with The First Christian to secure the donation of the land. The kindness of The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was equally important in turning this dream into a reality.
November, 2009: Miracle League has their first official “exhibition game” with over 60 players and buddies.
April 10, 2010: The official FIRST game with Mayor Oscar Goodman throwing out the first pitch.
November 21, 2009: Opening Day
March 23, 2013: Opening Day with Mayor Carolyn Goodman throwing out the first pitch.
December 5, 2015: Los Angeles Dodgers star left-hander, Clayton Kershaw, takes the mound at the Miracle League field (read article)