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A smile..A hug..The crack of a baseball bat…The Summerville Miracle League

September 10, 2010

Guest Posting by Jenn Feinberg
 

It’s Saturday morning and we jump out of our beds and rush downstairs for breakfast. I notice as we sit at the kitchen table, that my son can hardly sit still and seems to shovel in his cereal like he is on a mission. I bend down to clean up the hundreds of spilled pieces of cereal on my kitchen floor and follow the path of Frosted Flakes to the front door. There stands my 11-year-old son with Autism. His smile is as big as that of a typically developing child on Christmas morning. My sweet Logan is grinning from ear to ear wearing his baseball cap and Buccaneers jersey, as this is the day he has waited for: the opening day of the Summerville Miracle League.

 The Summerville Miracle League is a baseball league for children and adults with physical and/or mental disabilities. It allows children and adults the opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime in a nurturing, non-threatening environment, while giving parents the opportunity to cheer for their child’s success, when often those moments are few and far between.

For eight weeks in the Spring and eight weeks in the Fall, we gather on Laurel Street in Summerville, and play baseball like you’ve never seen it before. Volunteers arrive each week and are paired with a Miracle League player to assist them in batting, running the bases, and taking the field or to simply be an adoring “fan in the stands”. Each game provides the opportunity for members of the community to come together to make incredible memories for some very special families. As a parent I struggled for years to find activities for my son; activities he would find enjoyable and activities where he would feel acceptance. Being part of the Summerville Miracle League has been one of our greatest blessings.

The Fall season opener is this Saturday, September 11 and the festivities begin at 9:30 am. If you would like to learn more about the Summerville Miracle League or about volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at www.summervillemiracleleague.org.

Jenn Feinberg is a single mom of a 7-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son with autism. She is an Account Executive for WLCN TV, a Group Fitness instructor at the Summerville Family YMCA, and an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics.Jenn is a member of the Board of Directors for the Summerville Miracle League and proud Head Coach of the SML Buccaneers.

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 12, 2010 8:51 am

    LOVED the story!
    LOVE the website!

    KUDOS!!!!! RESPECT!!!!!

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