Miracle League lets disabled gather for fun and baseball
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
From fast pitches to batting at full swing, the bases were loaded this weekend at the Miracle League of Las Vegas’ baseball field.
The league is focused on allowing those in the Las Vegas community living with disabilities the chance to come together and play ball.
"Basically, I'm the home run leader of my group,” said self-described heavy hitter Colby Herrman, one of the league’s players.
Since 2009, the Miracle League of Las Vegas has given kids and adults with cognitive and physical challenges an organized outlet to play baseball. Their facility’s field is even disability-friendly.
"We started with 60 players, and now I have 225,” said Roxanne Loyed, the organization's executive director.
Loyed said the impact of the league goes beyond its players because each of her teams are paired up with a baseball program from a local high school.
So, week after week, the kids, teens and adults come together, allowing them to socialize, encourage, exercise and even dance. On the field, it's about community.
"I have about 8-10 that drive all the way from Pahrump -- an hour here to play an hour of baseball and then an hour home. So, you know, we feel like we have a fabulous organization and we take a lot of pride in it,” she said.
The nonprofit organization hosts two eight-week seasons of baseball and has recently added soccer also on disability-friendly field. Showing that with a little effort and a lot of heart, everyone has the chance to play ball.
"It's comfortable, because we are one big giant happy family,” said Herrman.