Miracle Field season opens in Schoolcraft

The Southwest Michigan Miracle League kicked off its spring season April 30 with an invitation to the community to visit the field and support the players.

The field at 12935 US-131, adjacent to the Dome Sports Center, offers opportunities for youngsters age 5-19 to play baseball regardless of abilities. The field has a cushioned rubberized surface to prevent injuries, wheelchair-accessible dugouts and a flat playing surface to eliminate barriers to wheelchairs or to visually impaired players.

Volunteers, “buddies,” work one-on-one with each player, helping them swing a bat or run or wheel through the bases. Buddies are 14 or older unless they’re a member of the player’s family.

Spring-season games have been played on Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. and noon. They’ll conclude on June 4 and 11.

Jud Hoff, president of the league, encouraged attendance. “I can tell you that attending a game is one of the most rewarding and amazing experiences I’ve ever had. Seeing the community come together and watching the players’ faces as they hit the ball and run or wheel the bases for the first time is indescribable.”

The League is a non-profit organization which accepts tax-deductible contributions.

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