Sept. 16, 2013
Videos from event (via Stony Brook Athletics Instagram)
Stony Brook University hosts Miracle League game (Newsday Video)
Stony Brook's Miracle League baseball game a hit for disabled kids (Newsday Photo Gallery)
In Miracle League of Long Island, everyone's a winner (Times Beacon Record)
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook Athletics and the Miracle League of Long Island teamed up last Saturday to host a baseball doubleheader for children with special needs. The event took place at Joe Nathan Field, and with over 150 volunteers to be "buddies" for the children, the day was a resounding success.
After a performance by the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band, the fun and games began. Members of the Stony Brook baseball and women's basketball teams became buddies with the Miracle League players in game one. Then the men's basketball & softball teams buddied up with the players in game two. After each game was over, the teams shook hands for sportsmanship.
When asked by Newsday about why he was volunteering his time, senior Kevin Courtney of the #Seawolves Baseball team said, "To put a smile on these kids' faces is everything. To see what they've gone through and see them come here and have fun and love bring around people that want to have fun with them…it's just great."
The Miracle League of Long Island's mission is to establish and sustain baseball programs for people (of all ages) with disabilities. The objective is to provide an opportunity for those individuals to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing America's national pastime. The Miracle League of Long Island also aims to help the league's players develop social skills and increase self esteem, while promoting community support and sponsorship for the league.