Softball Bears "Buddy" Up to Help the 2012 Fall Youth Miracle League
Sept. 20, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State softball team is in the midst of a seven-week volunteer effort to aid the youth Miracle League of Springfield. The Bears have been volunteering under the "Buddy" program through which the MSU players have provided encouragement and assistance as the young players with disabilities participate in baseball or softball.
"This year we were able to commit to all seven weeks," said Associate Head Coach Beth Perine. "Our team is split, half come for the 6 o'clock game and half come for the 7 o'clock game, and they go and are buddies for the super-abled athletes at Miracle Field. We consider it a joyful time for our team."
The softball team will participate in the entire seven-week fall season that began on Sept. 10 and will continue on Monday evenings at the Betty and Bobby Allison Miracle League Ball Field at Dan Kinney Park on Springfield's southeast side. Each Monday, there are games scheduled at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. MSU has split its volunteers in an effort to assist at both games each evening.
The Betty and Bobby Allison Miracle League Ball Field is a specially equipped, custom designed fi¬eld with a cushioned synthetic turf that allows children in wheel chairs and walkers to glide unrestricted without fear of injury. It is a level playing ¬field where children with disabilities can hit, run, catch and play ball.
For more information on the Miracle League Field and Leagues, visit the Springfield-Greene County Parks and Recreation website at http://www.parkboard.org/miracle_field/index.htm.