The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2013

March 30, 2013

Pitching in to play ball

Volunteers, players transform AMBUCS park into a field of dreams in Enid


ENID, Okla. —

Getting involved

Volunteers are a big part of Miracle League, Faulk said. He estimated some 200 volunteers assist in league play throughout the summer.

Faulk said he takes pride in his role in organizing the league, but he admits, “I have had a lot of help. It is easy to organize when you have helpers like we have,” he said.

The mission statement of Miracle League is: “Every child deserves a chance to play baseball,” and Faulk said kids who never have been able to play before relish every game.

“We encourage parents and caregivers of these children to get them involved,” he said. “These kids love it, they think it is the coolest thing.”

The Miracle League concept began in 1997 in Rockdale, Ga., when a 7-year-old boy with a disability was invited to play on a city league baseball team. At present there are 250 Miracle League organizations, including in Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. Miracle League serves more than  200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.

Registration is under way for the 2013 Enid Miracle League season, which begins May 4. Games will be held Saturday mornings May 4 through June 29, except for Memorial Day weekend. The $35 league fee includes a hat, jersey and insurance. Cost for players who already have their hats and jerseys is $15, to cover the cost of insurance. Limited scholarships are available.

For information, go to 4RKids’ website,, or call Mike Riddle at 747-1150 or Tricia Mitchell at 237-7890.

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Progress 2013
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