Miracle League – An intern witnesses her first miracle!
During my first week as an intern in Community Outreach with the Miami Marlins, I’ve already had the opportunity to experience some very exciting things. My first weekend on the job was a busy one, but the team managed to divide and conquer sending Marlins Ayudan representatives as far north as Delray Beach and as far south as Pinecrest – already I am impressed by the reach of the Marlins’ influence.
Part of the team went up to Delray Beach to show support for outfielder Logan Morrison’s LoMo Camp for a Cure which benefitted the American Lung Association.
The other part of the team, including myself, headed down to Suniland Park to cheer on some of our favorite All-stars in the Miracle League of Miami Dade’s first game of the year! The Miracle League is a nationwide program that came to Dade County one year ago. It is part of the Howard Palmetto Baseball and Softball Association and provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball.
On Saturday, I saw just exactly what kind of opportunity the special needs children were receiving. The Miracle League gave them the chance to do way more than just swing a bat. It showed them what it’s like to be a part of the community. Since it was the Howard Palmetto League’s opening day, there was a picnic and all sorts of other fun activities going on at Suniland Park, all of which the Miracle-Leaguers participated in. They were enjoying themselves, running around, playing with Billy The Marlin, and eating free ice cream just like all the other little-leaguers thanks to the Miracle League.
Seeing the special needs children enjoying their weekend was very impactful, and just as impactful was seeing the people and volunteers that came together to make it happen. The community rallied to provide this opportunity for the children. From the organizers with the Miracle League, to the FIU women’s softball team cheering each run in to home plate, to the baseball buddies that helped the children run the bases; it was a true group effort. It was an honor to be a part of that group effort.
After my first weekend with the Marlins Community Outreach team I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the year!