Bright Star partners with Miracle League baseball

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Bright Star Baseball of Sulphur Springs announces a new partnership with The Miracle League, an organization that builds baseball and playground facilities for children with special needs.

With this new partnership, Bright Star Baseball (BSB) will continue its Celebration Field campaign to raise funds to provide transformative experiences for youth and adults of all abilities through the magic of inclusive baseball. With Miracle League’s help, Bright Star Baseball aims to create an accessible baseball field where individuals with disabilities live and play in an innovative, fully accessible sports space.

Bright Star Baseball has served children with special needs and their families in East Texas since 2014. Bright Star Baseball has provided a baseball experience for its players in a spring and fall season. The program is assisted with youth volunteers from the local community.

The vision of Miracle League is to remove barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and let them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. The first Miracle League field opened in Conyers, Ga., in April 2000. By 2002, fields opened in South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, Illinois, and California. Frisco and Longview have the only other Miracle League fields in North East Texas.

In its partnership with Miracle League, Bright Star sees the greatest benefit as the ability to expand the number of eligible players by increasing the age limit. Previously, Bright Star players had to be between 5 and 18. Under Miracle League, Bright Star will welcome players age 5 and up.

The second major benefit is the specialized rubber field. Bright Star Baseball has already raised $120,000 of its $500,000 goal toward the construction of Celebration Field. Bright Star stressed that the new partnership with The Miracle League will not only bring the expertise to build the field but also will bring national name recognition that will help us achieve our dream of building, Celebration Field.

Miracle League co-founder Diane Alford said, “A successful Miracle League is a community effort, and while BSB is leading the charge, we hope the community will pitch in as donors, volunteers, coaches and supporters. We cannot change or cure the medical issues life has dealt children with disabilities. What we can do is provide them with an opportunity to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing our national pastime – baseball.”

Bright Star will kick off an expanded fundraising campaign in April. For additional information, contact a member of the board of directors, or to make a donation, see www.brightstarbaseball.com or follow Bright Star on Facebook.

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