Thunderbirds Charities is helping The Miracle League of Arizona Step Up to the Plate for Growth

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Thunderbirds Charities donated $30,000 to Miracle League of Arizona (MLAZ), to help enhance their program in Scottsdale.

Thunderbirds Charities donated $30,000 to Miracle League of Arizona (MLAZ), to help enhance their program in Scottsdale.

The Miracle League, is a nonprofit organization giving individuals with special needs the opportunity to play baseball. With their rapid increase in participation numbers over the last year, it called for support from community. The Thunderbirds responded with a generous $30,000 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 leagues, upgraded uniforms, and upgraded the sound system with which they announce the game and play individualized walk up songs for their 300 participants. All these upgrades and expansions might not have been possible without the incredible support from this community partner.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to play baseball,” said Cassandra Switalski; executive director of the Miracle League. "We want to thank the Thunderbirds for providing the funding for the special needs community, which gives our athletes an experience that prior to this they could only dream about.”

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 Winter season will be kicking off on Saturday January 13th. For more information please contact program director Alex MacKay at 480-686-8137. 

About the 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 Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. 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.
 
About the Miracle League:
The Miracle League of Arizona is a nonprofit organization in North Scottsdale, 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 the only 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.

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