The Miracle League of Florence County.
Founded in 2014, The Miracle League of Florence County offers a modified baseball style for participants with disabilities and special needs.
Our first buddy ballgame showcased only 12-15 players. Today, we are proud to have more than 220 athletes. Next up, our dream is to build an additional field next to the existing one.
We work to raise funds throughout the year to support our mission. The Miracle League Oyster Roast is our largest and most exciting event each year. I started helping with the Miracle League Oyster Roast in 2016 after hearing a member talk about the Miracle League. I have always had a special place in my heart for special needs individuals. I received my degree in Special Education and taught learning-disabled students and my daughter has taught exceptional children, as well as working with Camp Rae.
When I heard the talk at Kiwanis, what struck me was that there was a Miracle League field in Myrtle Beach and one in the upstate. Why didn’t Florence have one? We obviously had the need.
The league’s mission is to: 1) Provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball. 2) Promote community support and sponsorship of The Miracle League. 3) Promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of The Miracle League players and their families.
Some of the activities Miracle League provides in addition to the spring and fall seasons of ball are Splash Pad Party, Trunk or Treat, movie nights, and a Christmas party.
Miracle League is so lucky to have a devoted and tireless board headed by Vickie and Kevin Elliott. In addition, there is a supportive network of family and friends.
I believe that everyone should experience a Miracle League game. Please visit our website https://miracleleagueofflorencecounty.org to view the season schedule. The complex is located at the Greenwood Athletic Park. Every athlete is cheered on. Every athlete “runs” the bases. The excitement and absolute joy of these athletes touches my heart every time. You can’t go away without a smile on your face.
written by Elaine Trant, Miracle League Volunteer, for Signature Life Magazine – Fall 2023.