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Miracle League of Palm Beach County

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Causes: Autism, Baseball & Softball, Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Disabilities, Health, Special Olympics, Sports

Mission: "Every Child Deserves to Play Baseball" and you can help! What is the Miracle League? The Miracle League's mission is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. For over 10 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. The field is complete with a cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to the wheelchair bound or visually impaired players. The Miracle League is a non-profit (501) c (3) organization. The rules of league play are simple: Every player bats once each inning All base runners are safe Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run) Each team and each player wins every game Community children and volunteers serve as "buddies" to assist the players

Results: Over the past 10 years, the Miracle League has grown to over 6 teams playing baseball while the bleachers are filled with motivational cheers from mothers, fathers, families and friends. This league has 6 coaches, 6 assistant coaches, hundreds of community volunteers, visiting civic groups, a committee of "Miracle Moms", a Miracle League Cheerleading Squad, a volunteer run concession stand and a new, full time Executive Director.

Programs: Sports for children with special needs

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ellen Goldblatt B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son was first exposed to this amazing program in 6th grade. He volunteered to help out one Saturday and (part of a school requirement) he was so impressed (at age 12) that he decided to volunteer as a Buddy the next season and chose to make the Miracle League the recipient of his Bar Mitzvah Service project. We set up a website and he asked people to make a donation in his name, in lieu of Bar Mitzvah gifts. It was a very humbling experience. Through his efforts, he introduced a friend to Miracle League and she has been a committed volunteer too, raising nearly $50,000 in award money, to support building an inclusive playground. My son is now in 10th grade, still volunteers and currently is working on a special project to expand to this program. Hopefully he will be able to get the program up and running by the fall. Julia and Jeff Kadel, the founders of this organization, are committed beyond words. So happy that we have had the opportunity to be a small part of unique program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The minute you step on the field you feel it. The love and opportunities offered as well as given to children of all abilities is to be commended and recognized. You feel the joy the children are receiving by the empowerment provided to them to "play ball" just like their more abled counterparts. No matter their ability or talent they are part of an uplifting and encouraging Team. The group of volunteers who run this incredible organization are second to none. A beacon of light in our community. Thank you!

Marcie Berger Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We love the Miracle League of PBC! This wonderful grass-roots organization makes it possible for ALL children to play baseball, cheer, dance, and just be kids!! Our Coach Kadel and family are true angels—they put their heart and souls into making this league possible for our community. Please join us and see the miracles that kindness and inclusion can make for these children and their families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Miracle League for several years now and consider it to be one of the best nonprofits in our community. Week after week, year after year, I get to witness the love, joy, and humility of angels and special needs children joining together on a specially designed baseball field to play ball. It not only provides an opportunity for special needs children to be part of something bigger than themselves but it inspires hope and a sense of belonging. Everyone's a winner at a Miracle League baseball game. the children, the volunteers, and our great community of Delray Beach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with The Miracle League of Delray Beach has been impactful and amazing. I have derived tremendous hope and positivity participating in the games and being a buddy. I eagerly look forward to the Saturday games. Cheering, running, clapping, and even shedding a few tears at Miracle League games are the highlights of my week. I personally find volunteering with the Miracle League to be so rewarding. Thank you so much, Coach Kadel, for being an inspirational role model and an advocate for all of the children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Field of Dreams! Everyone is capable at The Miracle League of Delray Beach. Thank you for creating a community that embraces ALL participants--players, parents, spectators, staff, and volunteers. There are no words to describe the utter joy in watching a Miracle League game. On the field success translates to positive impacts in everyday life for everyone-acceptance, self-esteem, teamwork, and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been able to uniquely bring together volunteers from the community, players with special needs plus their fans, to make us one large family each Saturday afternoon. You can feel the excitement and love in the air! I have been a volunteer since it's inception, along with my husband & daughter. We have watched the players grow through the years and have formed wonderful relationships with the players and their families. There is no place more magical than a Saturday afternoon on the "Miracle Field".

3 Rhonda39

Client Served

Rating: 5

God bless The Miracle League of Delray Beach, FL. Our granddaughter, Dinah Ruvolo, has been playing ball with this wonderful group since Spring 2013 & absolutely loves her baseball. Finally, she has something she 'can' do & be part of an amazing team of kids like her. God bless Julia & Jeff Kadel & family for establishing The Miracle League of Delray Beach & allowing these very special kids a way to soar beyond their dreams.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally have never been more happy with my donations of time and $ in my long life as I am with the Miracle League....If you could just once go and watch a game you're going to get a wonderful feeling after watching the pure joy on these children's faces by including them in this baseball league which is geared just for them 5 stars!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The miracle of the Miracle League of Delray Beach is the way it touches everyone who touches it. From the special needs players who are stars on the baseball diamond, to the angels in the field who get to play with them. From the coaches who have a chance to make a difference in a player's life that every coach dreams of making, to the parents who get to watch their kids smile, laugh and most of all succeed.