Easterseals Miracle League of Michigan, Michigan's FIRST adaptive baseball field, was founded in 2004. The program provides children with behavioral and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league, both competitive and non-competitive. There is something about playing the game of baseball that lights up youngsters’ eyes, but for children facing physical and behavioral challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult first step. The Easterseals Miracle League of Michigan gives these children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine, and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form.
Dylan can’t walk but that doesn’t stop him from rounding second base. Jennifer has Downs syndrome, but the Easterseals Miracle League of Michigan has given her more self-esteem than her parents ever dreamed possible. Kaliegh can’t hear, but the cheers of his teammates have never been louder. The Easterseals Miracle League of Michigan gives hundreds of children and adults with disabilities something few dreamed possible, the chance to play baseball. Yet in all their joy and triumph, there’s still one thing missing – the ability to play the sport like everyone else. These kids needed a place to play, so a specially equipped field was built in Southfield, Michigan. This custom-designed venue incorporates a cushioned synthetic turf that accommodates wheelchairs and other walking assistance devices, while helping prevent injuries. In other words, it provides a level-playing field where children with physical and behaviroal disabilities can hit, run, and catch- just like the best of them. During each game, every child is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. Miracle League team members are assigned “buddies” who assist them in hitting the ball and “running” the bases. Buddies can be fellow schoolmates, parents, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to give a child the gift of baseball.
In addition to baseball, we also offer bowling and dance:
Our bowling season begins the first Sunday in January and continues for 10-weeks at Norwest Lanes in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Ball ramps and lane bumpers are provided to those needing them. Registration fee includes 10-hours or lane usage and shoe rental, bowling t-shirt, player medal and weekly prizes.
Our Dance classes began as a pilot program in 2014 at Novi High School. Dancers and families loved the experience so a five-class dance program was created in the Fall of 2015. Classes were held at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills and currently at The Dance Shoppe in Waterford, Michigan. Dancers were partnered with volunteer “buddy” dancers to assist them in learning their routine. This program is designed to be a fun way to learn to dance and build social skills at the same time. This program has been well received by dancers, families and volunteers. More dance classes are coming soon.
To learn more about these programs click here.
We are currently working to include both yoga and football into the program. Stay tuned.
To donate directly to Easterseals Miracle League of Michigan, click here.
To volunteer, click here. In order to volunteer we need to complete a background check. Please download the form, complete it and fax it to the number at the bottom of the form no later than 5 business days from the game you have selected to volunteer for. To access the form, click here. This form is also a waiver and a minor consent form.
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