SAN ANTONIO – It’s time to play ball and for years a non-profit organization has been making the wishes of children come true in their own dream pitch on the southwest side.
Since 2007, the Miracle League of San Antonio has given children and adults with special needs the opportunity to play organized baseball.
Michael Miller, with the help of boxer Jesse James Leija, founded the league and raised funds to build the Mays Family Field of Dreams next to Wolff Stadium.
“You see so many kids who are happy, having fun. Parents who love what we’re doing,” Miller said.
The league accepts any child or adult with special needs. The ground hosts three games on Saturdays during its spring and fall seasons with approximately 160 players hitting the diamond.
“Every kid hears their name on the speakerphone and every kid hits a home run every time they show up,” Miller said. “Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, deaf, blind, anything. The answer is yes, we want you. Come join us.”
After an 18-month hiatus due to COVID-19, the Miracle League returned to its normal spring schedule this year.
Miller said the league unfortunately lost two players to COVID-19 and wanted to return when it was safe for families and their children. There are more players than ever in the Miracle League.
“Everyone has that pent up energy that they can’t wait to get rid of. So we’re back,” Miller said.
Miller said it was an honor for the families who go out every Saturday and the people who donated to make this 15-year dream a reality.
“It’s life changing if you come here because you see in real time how much you can change the lives of these kids and the lives of the parents,” Miller said.
Click here for more information on San Antonio’s Miracle League.
Copyright 2022 by KSAT – All rights reserved.