The Monthly Miracle
February, 2017
As you can see ...
there's a lot of Miracle League LOVE in the air. 
Dinner on the Diamond
February 25th 6-10pm
Our vision of an unrestricted, boundless, and inclusive playground and garden area adjacent to The Miracle League Field. 
SPOTLIGHT
Player & Buddy
Mason Thomas  (player)
Hayze Kingham  (buddy)   

Mason Thomas is a 6 year old who continually overcomes any and all obstacles! Despite not having the multiple surgeries deemed necessary at birth for his mobility, Mason is able to walk with little help from others. 

A giant milestone came last year when he was able to play an entire game with the Miracle League for the 1st time without his pacer! This would not have been possible without his buddy Hayze. Hayze is always there to project confidence and help Mason with anything he may need. Mason loves to laugh, dance, practice, play and tell jokes with Hayze. With his favorite partner around we feel that Mason is living the dream out on the field all while being fully protected from fly balls and rogue runners. This feeling is priceless!!! 

Mason's love for all sports and desire for independence drives Mason to work hard in and day out, never complaining about the journey he was blessed with. Often putting the needs of others before his own, Mase is very compassionate, loving and full of joy. This joy is insurmountable and seems to be quite contagious, brining smiles and laughter to all those he meets! We are so thankful for what a blessing he is and look forward to seeing how he will surprise, impress and encourage us in the future.
Hayze Kingham is 13 years old and a second year buddy at the Miracle League of Palm Beach County.  He plays basketball for the City of Delray Beach, and attends Omni Middle School, where he is on the Honor Roll every quarter.  Hayze looks forward to spending time with his buddy, Mason, every Saturday during the Spring and Fall seasons.  For his first few weeks with MLDBC, he flip-flopped between players, but eventually he found Mason, and since then, they have had an unbreakable bond.
 
There is nothing Hayze enjoys more than seeing Mason smile, and he knows the feeling is mutual.  He knows this because last season, the day before Hayze's birthday, there was a Miracle League game, and Mason wasn't going to play because he "wasn't feeling well" and didn't have his walker.  So he was just going to sit on the bleachers and cheer his team on.

However, this was all just a big set-up to surprise Hayze because Mason was secretly learning how to walk.  Mason showed up in the dugout so he could sit with Hayze and cheer his team on.  Then all of a sudden, Mason was being called up to hit, and Hayze was in utter shock as Mason walked, yes, walked, to home plate! He just needed a little bit of assistance, but every week he got better at walking, and now he just needs someone to hold him when he stops walking.

Hayze is looking forward to another miraculous season with Mason and the rest of the Miracle League family.
Mason's 1st walk around the bases
Watch Mason walk the bases for the 1st time

The Ripples 
 
Yoga for a Miracle 
Stephanie Dodge from  Iyengar Yoga Center of the Palm Beaches  has donated all proceeds from her Thursday morning classes to our league. Thank you Stephanie and all her students who have raised $400!!! Truly OMazing.
 

Mini Golf Event 
This incredible event hosted by Ava & Juliette (volunteers) raised $2,400 for Miracle League and will sponsor a team for the next 4 seasons!!!  Great job girls. So proud to have you on our team!!!





Spring Training Game
Thank you to Lynn University for an  fantastic day on the field.
   Check out the HIGHLIGHT REEL  CLICK HERE

Palm Beach Philanthropy  Tank
 
Volunteer & buddy
Ava Goldstone '18, has been selected as a finalist for the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank.

The  Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank is county-wide initiative aimed at inspiring and empowering teens to address needs within their own communities. Local philanthropists have pooled their money to create a fund of $100,000 to designate toward projects based on community impact, feasibility, creativity, and sustainability.  

"I volunteer with The Miracle League of Palm Beach County, which is a baseball league for children with physical and cognitive disabilities," said Ava. "Adjacent to the field in Delray Beach is a playground that is not accessible to wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment.  Dreaming of a new space, but lacking the necessary funding for this vital project, I submitted an application for the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank."

Ava's project is called "Boundless Dreams," and it calls for the construction of an all-inclusive, unrestricted, boundless playground and garden accessible to everyone. As a 2017 finalist, she will deliver a presentation and pitch on March 8, 2017 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.

Congratulations and good luck, Ava!
Miracle on the Courts
NEW DATE: Sunday April 2 11am - 4pm

The Inaugural "Miracle On The Courts' will include a mixers tournament, cardio clinics, pro-play exhibition match, and most importantly, a tennis clinic, held for children with special needs while community members will serve as "tennis buddies".

We are seeking sponsorship/underwriting for this special event in order to assist the Miracle League of Palm Beach County in updating its playground as well as continuing to offer a "fee free"league for all of its participants.

Players, Volunteers, ML Players  Register HERE

Spring Registration
Important Information for all New & Returning Players

Welcome to the Miracle League of Palm Beach County!!!
We are so excited for opening day on April 1st, the 21st season of the Miracle League of Palm Beach County.  The Miracle League's mission is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. For over 11 years, the Miracle League Association has made it possible for children all over the country with physical and mental disabilities to achieve the same dream as their healthy peers - to play ball.  

To ensure all children can play, Executive Director Julia Kadel, board members and miracle moms have worked relentlessly to raise funds so that all children can also play without registration fees. In addition to raising funds to cover registration fees, The Miracle League of Palm Beach County also strives to provide other wishes and necessities for the special needs population.  

There are almost 80,000 people in Palm Beach County with special needs. More than 150,000 people visit Miller Park, where the Miracle League field is located, each year. The MLPBC is also raising funds to build an unrestricted, boundless, and inclusive playground and garden area adjacent to The Miracle League Field.

The MLPBC wants to continue to provide " free of charge" all the necessities of the baseball season as well as continue to provide the other needs of the community.  

To ensure that our limited resources are used efficiently, we are asking all players who register to confirm registration after participating in our opening day games. All players, both new and returning players, will receive their uniform shirts with their names on them at the second game.  We look forward to seeing you opening day. 

Since space is limited we ask that you only register if you can attend for most of the spring season.

Players & Volunteers Register HERE
Registration will only be open from February 6th - March 17th
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Let's Play Ball!!!

Beyond Blessed & Grateful,

Coaches Julia & Jeff Kadel

561-414-4441
CoachKadel@Gmail.com
www.MLPBC.com

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