At the Miracle League of Arizona, they believe “everyone deserves the chance to play baseball.”
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The nonprofit organization in Scottsdale is dedicated to providing an inclusive atmosphere for children, teens, and adults with special needs and disabilities. They even have an accessible stadium so everyone can participate in America’s pastime.
The Miracle League offers adaptive baseball to ensure a safe and fun experience that removes “the barriers that would normally keep individuals off the baseball field.”
Alexis Rangel is one of the thousands of kids who has benefited from his time at the Miracle League. He has Down syndrome and couldn’t wait to join the team. But at his first-ever ball game, things were looking bleak in the final inning. The scoreboard read 19-17 as Alexis took hold of his bat and stepped up to the plate.
That’s when a real miracle happened at Miracle Stadium! Alexis swung his bat and hit the ball hard, sending it soaring out of the ballpark. He was so excited that he didn’t know whom to high-five first as he began to round the bases!
Volunteers helped guide Alexis as he ran from base to base, exuberantly celebrating his first home run the whole way. It’s hard not to smile when you see him bursting with pride at his athletic achievement!
Alexis’ hit at the bottom of the ninth inning sealed the deal and won the game for his team! Just think, he never could have accomplished this feat if it weren’t for the Miracle League and their inclusive, adaptive approach to baseball.
It’s rare to see such pure, unfiltered joy! What a way to make an entrance on his new team. We’ll be expecting more great things from this budding athlete in the future!
Watch Alexis bring it home in the video below, and don’t forget to share this story to make someone smile.
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