Sports

March 14, 2013

Miraculous play

Successful baseball league returns for spring

Overcoming mental and physical challenges isn’t always easy for children as they grow up, but the Whitfield County Miracle League will again be offering kids — and adults — who face such obstacles a comfortable place where they can just play baseball like others.

After more than 60 players ranging in age from 5 to 39 turned out for the six-game opening season last fall, officials of the Whitfield County Miracle League are signing up players for an expanded eight-week spring season, with opening day ceremonies set for April 13. For the first time, two of the games will be played under the lights.

“There’s not a better feeling than being able to give each player a high-five, see the smiles on their faces, and hear the cheers of the crowd as their name is announced and they cross home plate,” said Kenny Burton, who coached the Red Sox last year. “It’s a sight to see and a feeling that everyone needs to experience. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be a small part of this great organization.”

The Miracle League plays its games at a special facility constructed with more than $300,000 in donations from the public and additional funding approved by the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners. The field, located on Mount Vernon Road, overlooks a beautiful lake that is part of a recreation park that will eventually be constructed there.

“Registration has only been open a few days, and we’ve already heard from many of our former players and new players as well,” said Millie Hicks, a co-director of the league, “so we’re hoping for an even bigger and better spring season. What we’re hearing from so many parents who are calling to register is that their kids are asking them every day, ‘Is it time yet? Is it time yet?’ They just can’t wait to get back.”

Registration ends March 22 to give officials time  to organize teams and order uniforms. You can sign up by going online to whitfieldcountymiracleleague.com or calling (706) 260-8861.

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