SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Thunderbirds Charities donated $20,000 to Miracle League of Arizona (MLAZ), to help accommodate league growth and enhance the top quality experience for individuals with special needs playing baseball.
The Miracle League is a nonprofit in north Scottsdale that provides an adaptive baseball programming for often isolated and at-risk kids to be able to participate in a fun and positive recreational experience. With the program steadily increasing numbers in participation over the last year, it called for support from the community. The Thunderbirds responded with a generous $20,000.00 grant to the Miracle League.
The Thunderbirds have been a financial supporter of the Miracle League, since 2010. With their support, the Miracle League has added additional divisions, upgraded uniforms, and added key features to their facility such as stadium style seating and a full sound system. All these upgrades and expansions might not have been possible without the incredible support from this community partner.
“Our goal is for everyone to have the chance to play baseball, regardless of physical or mental limitations,” said Cassandra Switalski; executive director of the Miracle League. “We want to thank The Thunderbirds for providing the generous funding for the special needs community, which gives our athletes a major league experience they could not have dreamed of before.”
The Miracle League always welcomes new athletes with special needs, starting at the age of four and with no prior baseball knowledge required. The organization also provides a rewarding volunteer experience in the community for those that would like to give back. Volunteers with the program get paired up with the athletes, providing everything from hand over hand assistance to words of encouragement and friendship. Everyone gets the chance to be part of a team, be successful, and have some fun at the Miracle League. Their Spring season will be kicking off on Saturday March 21st. For more information please contact Cassandra Switalski at 480-686-8137.
About Thunderbirds Charities:
Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. For more information on The Thunderbirds or the 2021 Waste Management Phoenix Open, visit www.wmphoenixopen.com. For more information on Thunderbirds Charities, visit www.thunderbirdscharities.org.
About the Miracle League:
The Miracle League of Arizona is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing a safe, successful and enjoyable baseball experience for children, teens and adults with disabilities or special health care needs. The facility is a full-service stadium with a custom-designed, rubberized turf, to allow easy maneuverability for wheelchairs and other devices. It has a long list of other additions to fully accommodate all the needs of every player and family for a full day of fun at the ballpark. Follow The Miracle League of Arizona on Twitter or Facebook.
If you would like to donate to the Miracle League, please contact Cassandra Switalski at 480-686-8137. All proceeds go directly to help sustain The Miracle League of Arizona (MLAZ) – truly a miracle foundation.