Miracle League Baseball Drafts Two First-Round Picks To Serve On Board Of Directors

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PLAY BALL! The Miracle League of Southwest Washington has drafted two seasoned professionals to serve on its already stellar board of directors. The League announced today the induction of two new all-star members: Portland State University Athletic Director Teri Mariani and veteran Vancouver community business leader Dennis Short.

PLAY BALL! The Miracle League of Southwest Washington has drafted two seasoned professionals to serve on its already stellar board of directors. The League announced today the induction of two new all-star members: Portland State University Athletic Director Teri Mariani and veteran Vancouver community business leader Dennis Short. Both Mariani and Short were unanimously appointed to the Board of Directors on October 25.

A former softball player, Mariani became the youngest person ever selected for the Portland Metropolitan Softball Association Hall of Fame, on the basis of both her playing and coaching contributions. She was also inducted into the PSU Athletics Department Hall of Fame in 1999 and into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. She has become one of the most honored and respected people on campus, dedicating her time and heart to both athletic and non-athletic endeavors.

"I know that there are so many children with disabilities who will benefit as I did from playing ball as a youngster," Teri said. "Everyone deserves the chance to play, and I am very happy to be a part of the Miracle League."

According to Miracle League President Art Liss, "Teri is very well-known for her skills and her passion. Already we see that her contributions and vision will help not only our organization but also each of us on the leadership team. We know that with Teri as part of the team, we will realize an even higher level of performance. Teri is just a great person, coach and leader," he added.

Rounding out the line-up is Vancouver businessman Dennis Short. Retiring after a distinguished 23-year career in industrial sales, Dennis joined the winning team at Windermere Stellar Group, a real estate firm on Officers Row just north of Fort Vancouver. Dennis has earned a well-deserved reputation for committed leadership not only in the real estate profession, but also in his role as President of the Sunshine Chapter of The Rotary Club of Vancouver, where he mentors both children and adults.

"As a member of the Vancouver business community and also as part of Rotary International, I think it is really important to get as much support as possible for this most important effort," commented Short. "The team at Miracle League has already achieved a great deal and I look forward to aggressively supporting this valuable undertaking. This ball field and facility is a

priceless opportunity to make a difference in the lives of disabled children who so profoundly need this kind of interaction and positive wellness."

According to Miracle League Community Liaison, Brad Applegate (Ret. Col.), "Dennis is a very well-recognized and highly respected community leader. He brings a wealth of effective and straightforward management experience that will help bring even greater value and efficiency to our board. Very much like Teri Mariani, Dennis is also a fine coach and really helps to round out our All-Star line-up!"

About the Miracle League of Southwest Washington: The first of its kind in the Vancouver-Portland area, our Miracle League field and family pavilion will be built on the southeast corner of the 37-acre site at the Harmony Sports Complex in the Eastern Clark County. Already greater than 50% of fundraising has been completed (approximately $750,000.00 in cash donations and services in kind). We still need to raise more funds and donations are very much needed! Our opening day will be September, 8, 2007.

Miracle League is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities while educating the public and promoting a greater understanding of matters concerning individuals with disabilities.

Long term goals:

  •      Provide opportunities for children, adults and seniors with special needs to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of ability
  •      Promote greater understanding of individuals with disabilities to citizens of Clark County

Short term goals:

  •     Construct a special facility, a Miracle League field, which meets the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families
  •      Raise $1,500,000 to construct this facility
  •      Promote awareness of this opportunity within the Disabilities community

Visit the Miracle League website - http://www.miracleleagueswwa.org

Members of news organizations are encouraged to contact Loran Hickton to arrange interviews and obtain additional information including; further background, images, project details and photos. You can reach Loran at 360-571-5560

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