May 6, 2014
EAST LANSING - Head coach Jake Boss and the entire Michigan State baseball team joined the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan in opening day festivities on Monday at CASE Cares Miracle Field.
The Miracle League of Mid-Michigan provides special-needs children and young adults the opportunity to play baseball in a safe, inclusive environment, regardless of their abilities. The Spartans participated as "buddies" in a pair of Miracle League games.
"It's always a fun night for everyone involved and it's an honor and privilege to be out here," Boss said. "Our players look forward to this event every year and enjoy themselves as much as their buddies out here. It's fun for our guys to appreciate the benefit of giving back. It can be eye-opening for them to see how much this game means to so many people."
The CASE Cares Miracle Field has a special rubberized surface with painted bases allowing children and young adults with physical and/or cognitive challenges to more safely play baseball. The project is a cooperative effort between CASE Cares, a local 501 (c) 3 all-volunteer nonprofit organization, and DeWitt Charter Township.
In addition to serving as buddies during the games, the Spartans posed for photos and signed autographs.
For more on the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan, visit the website at MiracleLeagueOfMidMichigan.org.