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Miracle League Baseball

4 Bases, 3 Strikes, and 15 Amazing Moments from Miracle League

Over the last three months over 30 children with special needs participated in this summer’s Miracle League,. Participants were able to enjoy the thrill of playing baseball just like typically-developing children.

In honor of this season’s Miracle League ending, we would like to present to you a visual story comprised of 15 special moments from Miracle League.

Being a participant of Miracle League is a pretty big thing to be proud of.

14730326090_ef90e82a4e_oEven if you’re the Play-By-Play Announcer, like Steve Peck

It’s not about the trophies-but we won’t deny that we love earning them.

14916986145_234d54d475_oAnd Brendan certainly isn’t refusing his trophy as he poses with Coach Phil.

It’s about spending quality time with our best buds (aka: the volunteers),

Like Nicholas and Jodi, who enjoy spending quality time together.

And working hard to be our very best.

As we can see Lila here focusing before swinging her bat.

It’s about keeping our eye on the ball, and knowing when to swing.

Which is exactly what little Leila is doing.

Miracle League is about teamwork and making it from base to base.

See how Maryrose with volunteer Lisa are working together to make it Home?

It’s also about trying to catch the ball,

Reaching out for it like Josh is with volunteer Blake.

Chasing down that ball, no matter how far,

With the same determination that Alex has.

And getting the ball back to the pitcher when it’s time to.

Travis does such a great job delivering the ball to the pitcher.

When it’s in the heat of the game, we still communicate with our buddies.

Just like Connor is with volunteer Hari.

Miracle League is about the pride we have when we become a Home Run Hero.

Look how proud Drew is!

It’s about the instinct we get to run Home because we’re cutting it close.

Watch how fast Jonathan is flying by!

It’s about reaching for the sky to achieve your goals


As Evan goes airborne to reach home plate!

But at the end of the day, the best part of Miracle League is the Friendship!

High-fiver Shoshana and volunteer Sanjana.

But we still really do love getting those medals.

Just like Miracle Medalist Arjun.

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Fox 2 News and a packed Gym Watch the Opening Day of Inclusion Sports

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Sunday February 2 (Superbowl Sunday) was not just an exciting day for football, but also a great day for basketball as well! We had our first day of Inclusion Sports Leagues in partnership with i9 Sports. This partnership is opening the doors for us to offer leagues to children with special needs like never before.

The gym was packed all afternoon with neurotypical children and children with special needs aged 3 to 13 learning new skills, honing old skills and building friendships. WXYT-FM 97.1 talk show host Dan Leach provided play-by-play announcing at the inaugural game.

The goal of this new league is to provide a mutually beneficial environment for both the typically-abled children and those with special needs. There really is huge benefit for both groups of children as the more typically-abled kids learn empathy, teamwork and other real life lessons. Those with special needs are gaining the opportunity to play sports on a team with their peers. The idea of this league is to promote inclusion and compassion.

Fox 2 News Coverage

Fox 2 News Headlines

Photos from Day 1

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Friendship Circle Partners with I9 Sports for Inclusion Sports League

 

For the 2014 Winter Session of Inclusions Sports, Friendship Circle is making exciting changes to our format. We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with i9 Sports. The partnership with i9 will allow Friendship Circle to offer leagues to children with special needs like never before.

The teams will be inclusive of both typical kids and kids with special needs. All the children in the league will benefit both socially and emotionally by having the opportunity to be teammates. The typical kids will receive extra support from Friendship Circle on what to expect, why it’s so exciting to have a variety of teammates and how they can be great teammates. Our players with special needs will also receive additional support from Friendship Circle in the form of teen volunteers, and modifications to the drills and game play as needed.

About I9 Sports

i9SportsLogoI9 Sports started in Tampa Florida and is the nation’s first and largest provider of youth sports leagues in the United States with over 600,000 members. The core principals of i9 fit right in with the value structure at Friendship Circle. I9 believes in fun, inclusivity, safety, good sportsmanship and allowing everyone to be a winner.

Program Details

The new sports leagues will run on Sundays. There will no longer be an Inclusion Sports League on Wednesdays.

Start Date: February 2, 2014

End Date: March 30 2014

Final Registration Deadline: January 10, 2014*

*After this date, any remaining spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Beginner (ages 4-8) 3pm – 4:15pm:

  • The majority of kids in this division have never played basketball before.
  • Coaches will work on the basics:
    • Dribbling
    • Shooting (including the correct baskets)
    • Defenses will enforce zone with specific spots for each child to play in (the visual aids really help the kids learn quickly).
  • The teams will practice for about a 1/2 hour each week, and then have a game with real officials!

Junior  (ages 7-11) 4:15pm – 5:30pm:

  • As many kids here are still just beginning basketball, this division continues to emphasize ball handling skills, dribbling, and court awareness/spacing. 
  • Coaches focus more on passing and dribbling, as the kids are beginning to understand these concepts better. 
  • Defensively, we continue to enforce a zone with specific spots for each child. 
  • The teams will practice for about a 1/2 hour each week, and then have a game with real officials!

Seniors  (Ages 10-13) 5:30pm – 6:45pm:

  • At this level, we do a lot more skill building. 
  • We have an instructional practice, where the coaches take the kids through some basic to advanced drills during the practice session. 
  • The refs will then come out and officiate the games. 
  • The teams will work on both man-to-man and zone defense, as well as improve their basketball related skills, such as shooting, passing, dribbling, and rebounding.

For more information and to register, visit: my.friendshipcirle.org

Have additional questions about this program?
Program Director: Catie Quinn
Phone: 248-788-7878

Programs

New Pilot Programs Coming to Oak Park and Huntington Woods

Over the past few years, Friendship Circle has received many requests to provide programs in the Huntington Woods/Oak Park area. So, this year, Thanks to a grant from the Jewish Fund we will be launching 3 new programs. The hope is that with the success of these programs, we will be able to provide more programs in upcoming years.

About The Jewish Fund

The Jewish Fund was established in 1997 from the sale proceeds of Sinai Hospital to the Detroit Medical Center. Sinai Hospital was a Jewish community funded facility that grew into one of metropolitan Detroit’s top health care institutions. As a legacy of Sinai Hospital, The Jewish Fund continues the tradition of assuring excellent and compassionate care for those in need in Metropolitan Detroit by awarding grants to help vulnerable individuals improve their health and human condition.

What are the New Programs?

Sports (Oak Park): 
Coached by a Sports instructor, participants will practice and play familiar games such as basketball and soccer in a noncompetitive environment. Each week will include warm-ups, stretches, and exercise routines designed to keep everyone healthy and fit.

Social Skills for Teens (Huntington Woods): 
Teen Social Skills utilizes group activities, discussion time and occasional outings into the community to practice eye contact, personal space, initiating conversation and other important social skills from a certified social worker. This group will also address social challenges specifically related to the teen years. The program is tailored for teens and young adults who do not require a 1-on-1 volunteer.

Music (Huntington Woods): 
This invigorating class features music, movement and rhythm. Participants and their volunteers will enjoy an hour of interactive music and songs.

Where are the Programs Held?

Huntington Woods:  Aish of Huntington Woods

Oak Park: JCC Jimmy Prentis Morris Building

If you have any questions regarding the 2013-2014 satellite programs, please contact: Rivka Kirsch at [email protected]