Miracle League is World-wide
Presently there are 250 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and our newest member in Australia. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.
“Buddies” assist Miracle League player. These buddies are mainstream children who play baseball, youth church groups, boys and girls scouts to mention a few. As a result the parents, children and volunteers are all brought together – special needs and mainstream alike-in a program, which serves them all through service to children with special needs. The program is opened to children from any community and, until April 2002 was one of a kind.
Spreading the word
The Miracle League has received local and national media attention. The league has been chronicled in the local newspaper, televised locally on NBC, ABC, Connecting With Kids and FOX, Atlanta affiliates and nationally on CNN, MSNBC and Fox Sports. In July 2001, the league was profiled on a segment of HBO’s Real Sports. Articles profiling the league appeared in People, Family Circle, Rotary International magazines, and Paula Deen. In January 2002 the Miracle League were awarded the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award and on January 24th PAX TV’s “It A Miracle” told the story of Conyers Miracle League Player Lauren Gunder.
Later in January of 2002, Miracle League won the 11ALIVE TV Community Service Award, and was profiled in the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. One month after that, Miracle League Players were featured in Rotary Internationals’ Public Service Announcement, chosen out of 500 applicants. Then in June of 2002, Miracle League took the Jefferson Award from The American Institute for Public Services, founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Senator Robert Taft, Jr. During that same year, The Miracle League was also featured in People, Family Circle, Rotary International, TIME, Sports Illustrated, FOOD Network’s Paula Deen’s Magazine, and Embracing Changes, just to name a few!
One of the greatest Miracle League achievements was being inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. And in 2008, a wine was created for Atlanta Braves player, Chipper Jones, and The Miracle League was the beneficiary of its worldwide sales. Most recently, The Miracle League received the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Award.
The publicity from these media events, coupled with positive word of mouth, raises awareness among the families of children with special needs and allows the Miracle League Association to take the program across the country.