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Miracle League of the South Hills (AKA Casey's Clubhouse)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Baseball & Softball, Camps, Environment, Parks & Playgrounds, Sports, Sports Associations & Training Facilities

Mission: The Miracle League of the South Hills envisions a community where all people with disabilities have opportunities to enhance their lives as athletes, teammates, and in everyday life. The Miracle League of the South Hills creates an environment of acceptance for people with disabilities and their families, with baseball as the root, as we promote meaningful, authentic relationships that connect people on the field as well as in the community. Core Values: - Provide every child and adult the opportunity to play the game of baseball - Nurture peer relationships as we merge communities together so that barriers to friendship and opportunity are removed while promoting teamwork, inclusion, and helping people reach their full potential - Develop life skills that empower and challenge everyone to foster acceptance of all individuals

Results: Since we opened in 2012, we've served a league of more than 350 kids and adults with special needs and 450 volunteers of all ages! Through our buddy program, Miracle League players are paired with a friends for the entire season. This person helps them to hit the ball, run the bases or cheer them home. As a result, the Miracle League is not just about baseball but the community it creates! Update: We have expanded our programming to include winter training called Muscles for Miracles, a Miracle League Gives Back Program, the Trent and Drew Grady Scholarship Program, and much more!

Target demographics: Kids and adults with special needs access field and baseball league uniquely designed for them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350 kids and adults with special needs in 3 counties (60+ zip codes)

Geographic areas served: The South Hills of Pittsburgh

Programs: - Fall and Spring Baseball league for individuals of all ages and abilities. -Inclusive Playground - Muscles for Miracles - Job Training facility for our athletes within our concession stand - Miracle League Gives Back Program

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sandy C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter loves sports and really loves to play them. She looks forward to baseball with The Miracle League. It gives her the chance to play a sport at her ability. Those is a GREAT organization. The entire group is very caring to all the kids and adults with a disability.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter is a player and I am her coach, and there is no better place on a Saturday during the spring and fall that I would rather be than the Miracle League field. The memories I get to share with my daughter and the friends we get to reacquaint with and the new friends we get to make are priceless. The smiles on the faces of the kids and the new buddies that the kids get to meet and become friends with or a great experience for everyone. The smiles on the faces of the kids and the new buddies that the kids get to meet and become friends with or a great experience for everyone. The Miracle League staff from Sean casey to Mandi to Tim are top notch and could not be a better fit for the Miracle League of the South Hills. The Miracle League staff from Sean casey to Mandi to Tim are top notch and could not be a better fit for the Miracle League of the South Hills.The experience is the adults and the children have on any given Saturday cannot be matched and I am thankful every day for the opportunity for me and my daughter to be able to experience the great game of baseball. The experience is the adults and the children have on any given Saturday cannot be matched and I am thankful every day for the opportunity for me and my daughter to be able to experience the great game of baseball.

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MLSouthHills 07/24/2020

Thank you for the kind words! We can't wait to get back on the field and PLAY BALL!

1 Judy Doolittle G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter Shelly is 45 with autism. For many yrs Shelly’s only interest was the Pittsburgh Pirates. After school Shelly had a set back and would only want to come out of her room to go to a Pirate game, we had full season tickets for 30 some yrs. We went walking one day and saw the Miracle League being built. Shelly wanted to go back almost everyday and we did. Shelly was excited to be a Yankee, Shelly knows her baseball so let’s just say she was happy to be on a team. Shelly wouldn’t miss a game unless absolutely necessary. Once the game was cancelled and she had me drive her to the field to prove it. When the season was cancelled due to Covid-19 she dealt with a lot of anxiety, we even had to up her meds. Shelly has been in a store once since a January but she wants to go to her Miracle League field and just walk around the field all the time. I thank a God everyday that He put Sean, Mandi and Tim in Shelly’s life. Shelly still has anxiety and fear about the germs but I am so thankful that I can try to ease her fear by telling her that her Miracle League will be back, hopefully soon and she will see her a Miracle League family again. This sometimes puts a smile on her face.

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MLSouthHills 07/24/2020

The Bridgeville Bomber! We love you Shelly and we can't wait to get back to playing ball with you!

1 Stephanie Chapman O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Destiny joined the Miracle League four years ago as a player along with her sister as her team buddy. She loves it and never stops smiling. She has been dubbed “the happiest player in the league.” This organization is run by the most loving and open armed group of volunteers. God bless Sean Casey for making his dream become a reality for kids like my daughter! I am so thankful to him and his staff of volunteers and their families for their time, and commitment to this cause. It is not just a game it is so much more! when our children are on that field they are like any other kid and as a parent it is utter joy! Keep it up guys you’re changing the world!

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MLSouthHills 07/24/2020

Destiny's smile lights up the field! We love you guys and can't wait to PLAY BALL!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Dylan just LOVES playing baseball for the Miracle League of the South Hills! He loves his coaches, especially seeing his Buddy...and loves singing the Star Spangled Banner, hitting the ball and running the bases. MLSH has helped our family make friends with other families of both players and volunteers. There is nothing but love on that baseball field!!

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MLSouthHills 07/24/2020

Thank you for your review! We love Dylan and are looking forward to playing ball sometime soon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My boys are buddies for the Miracle League. They have had an amazing experience and developed a lasting friendship with their buddies!!!

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MLSouthHills 07/24/2020

Thank you for being buddies! We couldn't do it without you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Miracle League of the South Hills is one of a kind. Due to the leadership of Director Tim Gebhart and Founder Sean Casey, Our children have the opportunity to participate in the BEST Miracle League in the land. They work tirelessly on behalf of our kids and the entire organization. Their enthusiasm and passion to provide an all inclusive environment is unprecedented. I can’t begin to thank them for what they provide. It’s the best 60 minutes of my week. Thank you for all you do to make our children feel like they belong!❤️

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MLSouthHills 07/24/2020

That is an awesome picture of "The Roadrunner"! Thanks for your kind words!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates Bucco Brigade, the in-game entertainment crew you see throughout Pirates games. That provided the thrilling opportunity to shoot off t-shirts and hot dogs to capacity crowds at PNC Park. It was such an amazing experience that gave me an adrenaline rush each time I went out onto the field.

But, the absolute highlight of my time as a member of the Bucco Brigade were the times when I had the privilege to represent the Pirates as a volunteer at the Miracle League. It was such a wonderful community/family, participating in and enjoying the game we all love so much. I was also impressed with how well-run the organization was. Seeing the smiles on the children and their families was a million times more powerful than any t-shirt toss I could possibly be part of.

I encourage everyone reading this to experience Miracle League in person. Attend the game to cheer on the athletes as a fan, volunteer your time to have an even more enriching experience, simply "Like" their social media posts and/or support their fundraising events. I stepped down from my role in the Bucco Brigade at the end of the 2019 season, but I look forward to continuing to support the Miracle League in these various ways.

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MLSouthHills 07/24/2020

Ah Dave...thank you! The Bucco Brigade always brought the enthusiasm to our camps with the Pirates. We appreciate the continued support you give us!

1 lcarlisle

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being involved with the Miracle League of the South Hills as a coach since it began. I immediately fell in love with this program and all of the wonderful people who make it so great. It is so heartwarming to see the sheer joy on the faces of the players as they navigate the field without barriers and play the game of baseball like they've never been able to before. In the stands, you see the parents and family members bursting with pride as they cheer on their athletes....it's truly an amazing organization!

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MLSouthHills 07/22/2020

Coach Lisa...you are the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been playing for the Miracle League for many years. It’s a blessing. No matter the level of the child’s disability, there is a place for them. It’s the most exciting time of year for my son (Aiden) when it’s ML season. The uniforms are cool, the coaches and buddies are angels, everyone involved are amazing. It’s more than the sport, too. The parties are so much fun! I look forward to them! They’ve given my child confidence and a sense of belonging. I pray they they keep expanding so when these kids become adults, they can still participate. Best organization :)

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MLSouthHills 07/22/2020

Thank you for the review! And some good news...we already do have adult teams! I think our oldest player last season was 63 :) Looking forward to Aiden playing as long as he wants to PLAY BALL!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Miracle League of South Hills is a great organization. They do so much for the athletes to make sure that have the best experience and have fun. Seeing the smiles on the athletes faces is priceless and heartwarming.

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MLSouthHills 07/22/2020

Couldn't do it without awesome volunteers like you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My child plays baseball in this league. They go above and beyond in everything they do! The baseball games are played in a wonderful place with a baseball diamond, stands for the fans (aka families, parents), an announcer who sounds like the real thing, and volunteer buddies and coaches. The kids learn to play baseball in both recreational and competitive leagues. MLSH does a wonderful job for all the kids involved, their families, and all of its volunteers. It is a top notch program that pulls out all the stops all the time!

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MLSouthHills 07/22/2020

Thank you so much for the review! I also think we have some announcers that could easily be down at PNC Park calling a Pirates game!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We love the Miracle League of the South Hills and Sean Casey for making it possible. My nephew has Cerebral Palsy and wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to participate in every boys dream to play baseball. From the time he arrives at the field with his fan club in tow he is all smiles. His teammates and peers too. They never fail to bring a tear to my eye to see the joy on all of their little faces. Go Phillies!

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MLSouthHills 07/22/2020

Go Team Phillies! I know that is hard to say sometimes here in Pittsburgh, but not at the ML South Hills :)

1 STCasey

Board Member

Rating: 5

At the  Miracle League of the South Hills we believe every child deserves a chance to play baseball and we are dedicated to giving children with special needs the opportunity to hit, throw and take the field just like their peers.

We are proud to be a Miracle League field and will be continuing the league’s great history of bringing together kids in the best possible environment to build teamwork and friendship – the baseball field.

The game of baseball has given our family so many gifts, memories and important lessons. We are committed to making sure every child has the opportunity to experience the thrill of playing the game we love.

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MLSouthHills 07/22/2020

THE MAYOR!!!!

1 TimGebby

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Almost 9 years ago, I met Sean Casey through a mutual friend. Since that day, I've helped to raise money for this wonderful organization. This place embodies Case and the person that he is each and every day. I think most people look at volunteer work as a way to give back to the community, but here, the athletes change the lives of volunteers so much more than we do to help them. It is a place you can see, touch, smell...a place where everyone belongs. All it takes is for you to join us on a weekend in the spring or fall, not to volunteer, but to watch. I promise after one game you will become a volunteer, donor, or fan.