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Charles Durgin speaks about The Miracle League
EVERYONE DESERVES A CHANCE TO PLAY BASEBALL
2022 Spring season will be played weekends April 23rd-June 5th
Imagine a baseball league where people with wheelchairs, walkers and other special needs can bat, field and safely cross home plate just like their friends. Imagine a baseball league where these individuals are the stars. The Miracle League of Westchester is an all inclusive program that allows individuals with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized safe environment.
Miracle Field is a custom-designed field with a cushioned, rubberized turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair-accessible dugouts and a completely flat, barrier-free surface to provide accessibility for visually impaired players or players in wheelchairs.
The Yankees played at the field of dreams in Iowa earlier this season. There’s also a field where dreams come true in Hartsdale. And you have to be very special to play there.
Some 125 kids with special needs who love America’s Pastime swing for the fences every spring and fall in a six-week program in the Miracle League of Westchester.“I’ve been with these kids for so many years so I know how they are, how they play, what they like and you see the faces of what they’re like when they get up there,” said Rick Monzon, executive director of the league and the so-called heckler. “It’s an amazing organization.”
Each player gets a chance to grab a bat and get up to the plate. They also get a shot at playing in the field. Samantha Schulze has participated in the league for over 12 years.”I think it’s a really, really phenomenal program to be a part of,” she said. “I think everybody deserves a chance to play baseball that’s why we’re here.
All special needs kids deserve to play and honestly, we all do. Getting to play baseball is a highlight for these kids, but the Miracle League is more than just sports. It’s also a chance to partake in social activities that maybe difficult to do in their everyday lives.”If you want to join or volunteer for the Miracle League, contact Monzon by email or call 914-522-1547.
We welcome applicants for either role. No prior experience is required!
Volunteer With Us
Volunteers are a vital part of the success of the Miracle League. Each Miracle League player is assigned a buddy for each game. The buddy is there to protect the player from balls, assist the player in batting and running the bases, and to be a friend on and off the field.
The coach ensures a safe playing environment for the players, fosters team spirit and helps to make sure everyone has a fun time.
Your one-time or ongoing donation in cash is welcome and can be easily processed through PayPal, even if you don’t have a PayPal account. We accept eChecks and credit cards. Just click the PayPal link to get started.
League Sponsorship Levels
Single Sponsorship – $500
Company/Organization name on uniform shirt, listed on outfield banner, and a plaque.
Double Sponsorship – $750
Company/Organization name on uniform shirt, dedicated outfield banner, acknowledgement listed on our website, and a plaque.
Triple Sponsorship – $1,500
Company/Organization name on uniform shirt, dedicated outfield banner, acknowledgement listed on our website, half page featured in our Journal ads, and a plaque.
Home Run Sponsorship – $2,500
Company/Organization name on uniform shirt, dedicated outfield banner, acknowledgement listed on our website, full page featured in our Journal ads.
Grand Slam Sponsorship – $5,000
Company/Organization name featured on sleeve of uniform shirt, dedicated outfield banner, acknowledgement listed on our website, 2 full pages featured