Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball!
History of The Miracle League
Miracle League baseball began in Conyers, GA in 1998 when the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association invited children with unique abilities to play on a typical baseball field. That first season, on a grass and dirt field, 140 players came out to play baseball. The Miracle League has been growing ever since!
By the second season, a new type of field was developed just for Miracle League athletes. It’ s a custom-designed field with a cushioned, rubberized surface. It makes it a little bit easier for special needs players to get from base to base.
The Miracle League believes that Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball. There are currently 240+ Miracle League organizations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada serving more than 200,000 children and adults with unique abilities.
The Board of Directors was reorganized in September to form both a governing board and an associates’ board. The Governing Board is responsible for the completion of the capital campaign, final contracts with the City of Chattanooga and the YMCA, and the construction process. The Associates’ Board is responsible for the forming of the Miracle League and working with the Miracle Moms for special event fundraising and awareness. John Germ is serving as Chairman of the Board; Kim Chapman Nolan is serving as President of the Associates’ Board which also holds a seat on the Governing Board. The by-laws were amended to reflect this change.
Significant contributions and pledges include: Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services, Miller Industries, Unum, Ronald McDonald House Charities and its McDonald’s Mission Partners, Weldon F. Osborne Foundation, Community Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation, Generosity Trust, Lillian Colby Foundation, and the Suntrust Foundation. Board giving participation is 100%.