May 16, 2013
LANSING, Mich. - For the second straight year, Michigan State head coach Jake Boss and the entire Spartan baseball team joined the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan in opening day festivities of the CASE Cares Miracle Field.
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.
"It's a great opportunity for our players to buddy up with some of the Miracle League players and play at this beautiful facility," Jake Boss said. "It's a really neat event and the second year that we have done it. Some of our players have established great relationships with these kids and their families.
"For us to come out and get a chance to play with them and in turn they come out and get to watch us play. It's a special time for everyone and we have a great time doing it and it means just as much to us as it does to these kids.
In addition to the opening day ceremony, the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan athletes played an exhibition inning, which gave everyone a chance to watch children and young adults with special needs play baseball on a field designed just for them.
The Spartans participated as "buddies" to the kids playing via the Miracle League of Mid-Michigan, a nonprofit established to promote baseball programs for children with special needs in cooperation with the DeWitt Area Recreation Authority.
"It's one of the best days to have in my profession," Clay Summers of the Mid-Michigan Miracle League said. "It is very humbling to watch and these kids out here light up. Even more so to watch the athletes from MSU come out and light up when they see the kids. It's extremely humbling."