By Zachary Peña, Staff Reporter
Special needs children of all ages are welcome to join Mid-Michigan Miracle League’s opening day of the season and play ball at Valley Farms Park on May 13.
“My son hasn’t been this excited in a while,” said DeWitt resident Hugh Guthrie. “I think we have an MVP in the making here.”
Guthrie signed up his son, Jack, as soon as registration opened on April 1.
“I wanna hit a home run this time,” said Jack. “I’ve been practicing.”
Guthrie and his son attended last year’s games and both said they had a blast.
“Holidays – Christmas, Halloween and everything else – they didn’t come close to getting [Jack] as excited as he is for opening day,” said Guthrie.
Jack will be just one of over a hundred participants attending opening day, according to Miracle League of Michigan organizer David McLouth.
“The Miracle League is not just about baseball,” said McLouth. “It’s about dedicated athletes, parents, coaches, buddies, volunteers, and sponsors coming together to support, encourage and inspire each other in an inclusive environment that embraces diversity.”
The games begin at 6 p.m. on CASE Cares Miracle Field, which had its grand opening last May, at 1080 E. Wieland Rd. Special guests joining opening day include the MSU baseball team and Coach Jake Boss, Jr.
Miracle League Baseball’s guidelines ensure each athlete hits and scores a run each inning (with games lasting two innings), athletes are matched with a “buddy” to help hit and round the bases and parents get to watch their children’s’ success on the field.
Any special needs child 5-20 years old is eligible to participate in Mid-Michigan Miracle League’s opening day and registration information can be found at dewittrecreation.org.
Registration is free and comes with a participant t-shirt. The deadline to register is May 6.