Miracle League of Louisville gives baseball players with different abilities a chance to shine | New
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Local baseball players with different abilities take him out of the park and are treated like Major League baseball players.
They all play for the Miracle League of Louisville.
“This pitch changed my son’s life,” said Erin Hinson, the mother of the Miracle League baseball player.
Hinson’s 8-year-old son uses a wheelchair, but he’s also just finished his third year of organized baseball.
“Oh yeah, I’m that mom,” she said. “Yes, I am screaming and applauding.”
Henry Hinson was born with spina bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down.
“Henry’s life is not easy,” Hinson said. “He’s 8 years old, (and) he’s had 20 major surgeries.”
But despite this, Henry is one of the stars of Miracle League Baseball.
“I’ve never seen him beam so much joy as on Saturday when he’s on the pitch,” said Hinson.
In the middle of Fern Creek Park, the Miracle League baseball field features a special rubberized surface, designed to prevent injury and accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other devices.
“This season we had 75 players, which gave us 10 teams,” said Barbara Raley, COO of The Miracle League.
The Miracle League is a national organization that provides a safe ground for children and adults with disabilities to play organized baseball.
“We have players who can really kick the ball,” Raley said.
You could say that Raley and her husband Stan are like the commissioners. She said it really is an area of dreams for players and fans.
“If you could come here on a Saturday morning and witness what is going on, I tell you, we are the ones who are blessed,” Raley said. “It’s really, really something to see them ride, walk, or run on that terrain and just know that whatever the world defines as their limitation.”
Hinson said there are no limits on the pitch.
“The world can define him however they want, but when he’s on that ground he’s No. 3 in the Rockies, and he’s coming to bat, and you can guarantee that when he gets home he’ll make a wheelie at home, and he’s going to expect everyone to cheer him on, “she said.
The Louisville Miracle League is looking for players and volunteers. Right now there are around 75 players and 10 teams. The spring season ended last Saturday, but the fall season begins in September.
To find out how to get involved, Click here.
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