The National Miracle League Organization grew from this beginning, with the goal to offer this experience to every city in the country so children, young-adults, and adults with special needs around the globe will have this same opportunity to play baseball. The Miracle League believes;
“Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.”
The late Doug Inman, a highly successful business entrepreneur in the medical instrument field, was looking for a new challenge, something special back in 2004, when he saw a report on “The Miracle League” on one of the national news shows.
As he watched, Inman saw kids who had never played organized baseball in their lives, Kids with autism, physically-challenged Kids, blind Kids, Kids with Down’s Syndrome, all playing baseball for the first time. He saw their smiles, heard their cheers, felt their joy, and he was smitten.
For the first time, these kids had their own uniforms. They had their own specially built fields. They had “buddies” who helped them at-bat and in the field. They heard their names announced as they came to bat, just like real baseball players, for the first time.
In the Miracle League, no one lost , everyone on the team got to bat, everyone got a base-hit, and the last batter up each inning –– cleared the bases with a grand slam!
Inman, tears running down his face, was sold. He would bring “The Miracle League” to Dallas-Fort Worth.
He began the process of raising the initial $400,000 to build the area’s first Miracle League Field on land donated by the city of Arlington at Randol Mill Park.
“The Miracle League was a spiritual experience for me,” Inman said a few months before his death, the result of melanoma, in Sept. of 2007. “It was a stepping out in faith, the first time I’ve done any community service in my life. I feel like the reason it was so successful was because I was just obedient to what God wanted me to do.”
It was as if God had one last mission for Inman to accomplish before calling him home.
With Inman’s drive and incredible will, the Miracle League has flourished since its inception. The kids play on a special rubberized field with no obstacles. The base paths, the bases, everything is painted on so there is nothing to get in the way of the kids, whether they’re running, in wheelchairs or on walkers.
More Miracle League Fields are in the works in the area. Inman’s dream hasn’t diminished, it’s growing bigger.
This is a place where dreams come true, where smiles brighten each day, where the imagination can run free and true.
Welcome to the Miracle League. “We’re on a mission from God!”
By Jim Reeves
Acclaimed Sports Writer & Miracle League Founding Board Member
Every Miracle League field and program is locally built, locally operated and locally funded… by selfless individuals and big-hearted companies who first catch a vision of these amazing kids joyfully playing the game they love before a community that loves them!
Presently there are 320 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and our newest member in Australia. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.
Come and play!
Come and cheer!
Come and experience the miracle!