Every child deserves a chance to play baseball

Beautiful People makes sure that happens

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Spring 2016 Beautiful People Baseball Registration
Children and young adults with special needs
No experience needed
Sundays May and June
10 a.m. to noon in Middletown
Pre-register at www.beautiful-people.us
Or call 845-986-5944
Volunteers needed
Coaches, pitchers, and buddy helpers age 12 and up

Spring brings with it America’s favorite pastime — baseball.

Children and young adults with physical and developmental challenges are enjoying baseball through the efforts of Beautiful People, the Miracle League of Orange County. The new season starts on Sunday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, and runs through June 26. It will be held at the Town of Wallkill Little League. Twelve Miracle League teams are getting ready to take the field.

New players and volunteers are welcome. Pre-registration is needed.

Some kids, however, are still missing the chance to play easily and safely. They need a durable, accessible surface made especially for the use of walkers and wheelchairs. Miracle League is working to fulfill that need with a new field which will be located in Warwick, at the new Wickham Woodlands, the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility’s recreation area. Beautiful People, a locally based 501(c)3, hopes to complete this project this year.

Play ball
Currently, more than 200 children and young adults throughout the county are playing baseball, soccer, and basketball through the Beautiful People programs. Ranging in age from 5 and up through their 20s, with over 20 participants in their 20s, new and experienced athletes are taking the field, learning new skills, and meeting new friends. Parents report that they observe significant changes in their child’s behavior. Improved self-esteem, confidence, agility, mobility and certainly a new level of enthusiasm for sports, are due, they believe, to the organization’s non-competitive, well-coached programs.

Volunteer buddies, many of whom are teens, pair up one-on-one to help each player as much as is needed. These typically developing teens (12 and up) learn and grow from the experience they share with contemporaries that are differently abled. They get an early start on the rewards of service. The service hours volunteers invest will apply to graduation requirements as well.

Until the new fields are complete, Beautiful People baseball will continue in Middletown, at the Town of Wallkill Little League.

You can help
Beautiful People, as the Orange County Chapter of Miracle League, is not starting from scratch. Over 180 chapters of Miracle League nationally have built-out fields for the mobility challenged. The model is a success. A second natural turf tee ball field is planned as well. The finished park will be shared by other community groups. The total budget is more than $300,000.

And it's off to a great start. By teaming up with the Little League, Beautiful People has secured stadium lights donated by the USTA, Arthur Ashe Tennis Center. More is needed and residents can get us closer to completion. Do you know a vendor who may be in the position to donate services such as excavation or fence building? Let us know.

Funds are always needed. Donate by contacting Beautiful People at 845-986-5944, or learn more by visiting the site www.beautiful-people.us.

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