Miracle League of Northampton County Field Location - 4100 Green Pond Rd. - Palmer Township, PA
Due to the pending inclement weather tomorrow, January 14th, the Miracle League Holiday Party has been CANCELLED. We do not have another date available. We wish all of you a safe and Happy Holiday! We look forward to seeing everyone on January 25th at our bowling event at Hampton Lanes in Northampton
from 11 am to 1 pm.
The 2013 Season is complete but we have a number of events that will take place from now to the beginning of the 2014 Season which starts on May 3rd. Click here to see what they are and put them on your calendar.
November 14, 2013. At the Business, Industrial and Professional Association of Palmer Township's Annual Civic Awards Dinner the BIP president Jeff Kicska presented a check for $5,000 to Ric Agretto. This was the proceeds from the Palmer 5K race which was held in August. The BIP has been a great friend of the League by donating $40,000 in the past three years. We thank the BIP and it members for their generous support.
The first annual Wiffleball World Series held at the Miracle League of Northampton County Easton Rotary Field began with nine teams and at the end of the day the champion was crowned. Teams with names like Average Joe's, Palmer Coaches #1, Frozen Ropes, Firehouse Misfits, Lady Stangs, Colonial, Palmer Coaches #2, Half A Man and Action for Jaxson competed full throttle and raised money for the kids who play on this field every week of the season.
The winners were: 1st Place - Average Joe's; 2nd Place - Palmer Coachers #1; and 3rd Place - Frozen Ropes. Above is the team picture of the Average Joe's. We thank all the participants and look forward to seeing them next year.
Tom Ring climbed up on the billboard early Tuesday morning where he spent the next three days on this quest of raising money for the Miracle League of Northampton County. In the beginning his goal was to raise $25,000. By late Thursday afternoon he had far surpassed that goal with a total of $35,061. Everyone - players, families, volunteers and the MLNC board members give a huge THANK YOU to Tom for spending his past three days and nights on the billboard so our players with physical and intellectual disabilities can play the game of baseball.
From September 20, 1982 to June 7, 1983 three men sat on a billboard at Rt. 22 and Seventh St in Allentown trying to win an $18,000 Love modular home. This event is being recreated on a billboard located at the Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township where Tom Ring of Brown Daub KIA is sitting but not trying to win the home but more importantly to raise money for the Miracle League of Northampton County. He is also advertising a play which will take place at the State Theater on November 7th about the 1983 occupation of the Allentown billboard. Click here to find out more about this play. We thank Tom for this special way of raising money for the kids.
Click here to see the 2013 Team Pictures taken by Jack & Jill Studio
August 16, 2013. When the seed of providing a Miracle League field in Northampton County was planted several years ago the only thing that we were focusing on was the wonderful impact a facility like this would have on the players and their families. At that time we never took into consideration the meaningful impact that it would have on the volunteers especially the Buddies/Angels in the Outfield. Since the facility was built and the kids began to play baseball we have observed so many examples of what being a Buddy or Angel has meant to our volunteers. If you click here to read about a group of fifteen juveniles from the Northampton County Juvenile Probation Community Service Department who became Buddies and the experience they had from the eyes of their Community Service Coordinator.
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August 15, 2013. At the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Orientation Day our League President and retired Director of Special Education of the Bethlehem School District Ric Agretto had the high honor of presenting the prestigious Annie Sullivan Award to our own special person and friend Amanda Sechrist. Read Ric's presentation speech.
July 26, 2013. The final phase of the Miracle League facility has been completed with the installation of field lighting. Click here for more details and pictures.
June 15, 2013. The Easton Rotary Club has been a major partner in our quest to build this wonderful facility. When we were first planning the project the Club came to us and indicated that they would donate $100,000 in honor of their up coming 100th anniversary as a Club. As a result of this very generous donation the field that we have today was named Eaton Rotary Field. We are very proud of this partnership. At one of the baseball games on June15th Mike Woodley, President of the Rotary Club presented the final check of the donation. The Board of Directors and our athletes and their parents thank the Rotary Club members both past and present for the dedication that they have had in raising this amount of money over many years. Service clubs are very important to our society and this is a great example of their generosity. In the picture President Woodley presents the check to League President Ric Agretto and members of the Yankees and Orioles.
Tyra of the Interact Group of Easton Area High School presents a check for $175 to Ric Agretto, President of the Miracle League of Northampton County. Interact is a service organization supported by the Rotary Club. Students from the Interact Club fundraise and donate to local and global organizations. MLNC thanks the club for their support of children with physical and intellectual disabilities who play on the baseball field.
One Call System In Service
Recently, the Miracle League of Northampton County activated a One Call System which will allow all parents and volunteers to be notified at the the same time if there is a game cancellation, schedule change, special event, etc. Since the system was activated at test call was made. If you did not receive this call please contact Dan McKinney at (610) 252-1505. In the future, if you change your telephone number please be sure to contact Dan with the new number.
The Facility Surface is Latex Free
In a letter to the editor in one of the local newspapers a resident of Northampton County questioned the use of latex in Surface America's EverTop surface which is the field surface choice for the Miracle League field being built. The surface to be applied is 100% latex free. Surface America and the surface type are approved by the National Headquarters of the Miracle League. Please click here to visit the Surface America web site that contains the specifications for the product. Since the beginning of this project we have worked with the Miracle League Headquarters to be sure that we follow all of their specifications for the safety of the children who will be enjoying the experience of playing baseball on this field.
The love of the game
America has a rich sports history but no sport is more intricately woven into our nations fabric than baseball. Baseball's roots goes back to 1845 when the first recorded game was played in New Jersey. One hundred and sixty five years later baseball remains "America's pastime."
Many of us grew up we played baseball or softball. We played in organized leagues or pick-up games in the "sand lots." We ran in the grass outfield to catch a fly ball and darted across the base paths trying to "touch them all." What an exhilarating feeling that was! Now try to think of yourself in a wheelchair or walker trying to create that same feeling on a dirt and grass field that you cannot play on.
There are many children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities who cannot enjoy the game because of the barriers a normal field presents. There are thousands of children in greater Northampton County who are not disabled who enjoy the game on fields in every community. However, there is not one field in the county that is designed for a child and adults with disabilities.
Ten years ago the first Miracle League field was built in Conyer, GA and today there are 250 in the nation and growing. The nearest field is the Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley located in northern Lehigh County. It is time to build this type of field in Northampton County.
What is the Miracle League
As indicated above the Miracle League was formed in 1997 with its national headquarters located in Conyers, Georgia. Since then their great idea has spread throughout the United States to provide......
...... Hope, Determination and a display of Human Spirit that is unequaled. And of course there is baseball.
There is something about playing the game that lights up a youngster's eyes. But for children with serious physical and intellectual disabilities that opportunity can often be difficult to achieve. Baseball diamonds were not exactly designed with wheelchairs, walkers and crutches in mind.
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America's favorite pastime. Since the barrier for these children arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth league, Miracle League teams play on a custom designed field with a rubberized surface that accommodates wheelchairs and other assisting devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it's more than playing a game. It is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being just like other kids.