In 2004, after watching a television program about the national Miracle League, local businessmen Robin Rose and Tony Withers were inspired to establish the Miracle League of the Triangle. The goal was simple–provide children with special needs the opportunity to play America’s favorite pastime. Their hope was to have 40 children and at least 100 volunteers for Opening Day.
On September 16, 2006, The Miracle League of the Triangle opened its first season at Andy’s Foundation Ball Field with more than 100 players and 200 volunteers from throughout the Triangle.
As of 2012, the program is operating at maximum capacity, with 320 players (22 teams) per season and approximately 4,000 volunteer opportunities per year. To serve as many children with special needs as possible, we are working in partnership with the YMCA to construct a second ball field in North Raleigh, scheduled for operation by fall of 2013.
There are approximately 250 Miracle League organizations across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia, serving more than 200,000 children with disabilities worldwide.