ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — The kids of the West Michigan Miracle League got a special treat this morning as they were joined on the diamond by several players with the West Michigan Whitecaps.
Both the West Michigan Miracle League and Whitecaps players learned a lot from each other.
“It’s awesome. I’m having a blast. It helps humble us and be appreciative of what we have. And just to help them and to come out here and be with them, it makes their day,” Whitecaps pitcher Buck Farmer said.
The West Michigan Miracle League opened in Rockford last fall with the motto “Every kid deserves the chance to play baseball.” The league has 64 special needs children on six teams with seasons in the fall and spring.
The field in Rockford was named in honor of Nate Hurwitz, a board member who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and unfortunately passed away before opening day. The field’s rubber surface is specially designed making it easy for everyone to play ball.
“We’re celebrating what these kids can do rather than worrying about what they can’t. They have the chance to call grandma and grandpa and their friends and say hey – can you come watch me play baseball,” president of the Miracle League Tony Comden said.
And play the Miracle League members can. For example, take Drake Mosby who made an incredible catch while on the pitcher’s mound and that’s not even the best part of his game.
“I bat hard,” said Mosby.
The West Michigan Miracle League with help from Whitecaps once again hit it out of the park.
“These kids are usually the ones that are on the sidelines cheering for others and we’re giving them the chance here to be the ones out on the field,” Comden said.
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