Everyone Deserves to Play – Together
When we are out in the field playing baseball, we are all just kids. Even if you’re an adult, when you hit the field you’re a kid all over again.
And the same thing is true for kids with special needs; when you’re playing baseball you’re not anything else, you’re just a kid having fun.
On Saturday June 18, seven players from the Glebe Little League (GLL) Minors, aged 8 to 10, went to the Miracle League Field in Ottawa to play some baseball with two teams of kids with special needs.
The field is a purpose-built ballpark within 20 minutes drive of downtown Ottawa where kids with special needs can play baseball and other sports.
There are Miracle League fields around the world, but the new one in Orleans is Ottawa’s first, and Canada’s second, fully functional Miracle League Program. The field itself is wheelchair accessible and has a special soft surface for safety.
All of the kids there, GLL and Miracle League, had a lot of fun. It’s what kids do – have fun playing ball. For each kid there, it didn’t matter who you were, where you were from, how you get around or what special needs you may have. It was fun. And there was pizza.
As Michelle Desroucher from the Miracle League explained, “This day is really what Miracle League is meant to be, providing a safe and barrier free environment for our kids and bridging the gap of all-inclusive play. These [GLL] boys did a wonderful job jumping in and helping where necessary and often searching for places to help. It was wonderful to see and their families should be proud.”
To find out more about the Miracle League, visit miracleleagueofottawa.ca.