HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday is the season opener for this very special league, which helps to remove the barriers that keep kids with disabilities off of the ball field.
The Miracle League of Western Massachusetts brings together players of all abilities, and more than 30 athletes will start off their baseball season with their first game Sunday morning in Holyoke. Players will have a Miracle League buddy to assist them as they run the bases and head for home.
The Miracle League of Western Massachusetts was founded in 2015 by Tammy and Ernie Fitzell, who wanted to provide all children with a chance to play baseball, no matter what challenges they might face. This fall, the Miracle League will be moving to a new fully accessible field on the Springfield College Campus that will allow them to grow the league, and better serve children with physical disabilities.
The first pitch will be thrown out by one of the league’s founders at 10 a.m. Sunday morning at the Dean Technical School softball diamond.