The Opengate Miracle League team threw their first baseball of the season on April 22, and will play twice a week at Ridge Road Park in Hartsdale. Currently, there are 41 men and women enrolled in the Miracle League of Westchester from our Without Walls and ICF Day Hab programs.
We are proud of our players and at each game they not only have fun, but they learn team building skills and good sportsmanship from well qualified coaches. Their time with the Miracle League also improves their physical fitness as they learn the rules of the game.
Imagine a baseball league where people with wheelchairs, walkers and other special needs can bat, field and safely cross home plate just like their friends. Miracle League of Westchester
The Miracle League of Westchester, founded by J. Stephen Madey, allows children and adults with disabilities to play baseball as a member of a team which fosters friendships, team mates, and the joy of playing baseball, America’s favorite pastime.
“The Miracle Field at Ridge Road Park is specially designed, rubberized and cushioned for the safety of all players whether they be children or adults,” says Deborah Mayo, Director of Opengate’s Day Habilitiation Progam. “Each player is assigned a volunteer Buddy who assists them and insures they have a good time.”
To fulfill their mission to help all players develop social skills and increase self-esteem, the Miracle League of Westchester also promotes community support and sponsorship.
“Not only does Opengate have baseball players, but we also send along our own cheerleaders,” adds Mayo. “Several of our individuals accompany the team when they play to cheer them on. They also enjoy their time in nature by taking walks in the park.”
At the end of the season is a barbecue celebration where each player is recognized for their participation with a trophy.