As someone who has experienced the Miracle League as a parent, coach and director, Capps has a deep understanding of the program’s benefits and the positive impact it can have on the lives of children and parents.
“For our players, they have a chance to be part of a team and to take part in a sport they didn’t know they’d be able to do. It gives kids the confidence to try new things. It gives them the op- portunity to get physical activity and develop good, healthy habits,” Capps says. “For parents, they get a chance to be part of a community where their kid is part of something—where they fit in. They get to cheer for their child and be an advocate for other players and families.”
Miracle League of the Triangle also provides an extremely rewarding experience for those who choose to volunteer their time. “Our volunteers often tell us they get so much more out of this than the players do,” Capps says. “Many have told us that the players have taught them more than they have taught the players.”
It would be easy to focus on the growth and success of Miracle League of the Triangle as an organization. It has grown at a rapid pace and engaged an enormous number of people in the community in the years it has been in existence. But the true success of the program is in the individual lives it has touched.
“We are a league of stories that happen every single week,” Capps says. “It might be the player who has been in a wheelchair his whole life and works with his therapist so he can run the bas- es with the help of his walker on Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s the player playing catch with their dad for the first time after a season and a half; or the buddy who had a player in their wedding as maid of honor; or the player who broke his leg at school, didn’t tell anyone and still played the game that night. The stories are what we are about.”
PART OF A TEAM
It is the power of those individual lives touched by Miracle League that propels its growth and keeps it forging on into the future. As the number of children, parents and volunteers continues to grow, Miracle League of the Triangle is planning to keep up.
“We are in the process of designing a field in downtown Durham,” Capps says. “Our goal was always to have three fields spanning the Triangle. With our fields in north Raleigh and Cary, this will allow us to reach that target. Our ultimate goal is to have 1,000 players each season.”
To parents of children with special needs who might be considering involvement in Miracle League, and to potential volunteers looking for an enriching experience, Capps employs the classic Nike slogan, “Just do it!” Involvement provides enrichment to the program, as well as to those who take part.
“We always need volunteers as we grow. We utilized a lot of volunteers. Each team has five to six coaches and all the players have a buddy with them during the game,” Capps says. “For the players, we are focused on making sure they have a great time and get to experience the joy of baseball. We are proud of the everyday impact we have on our community and the smiles we get to see every game after giving our players a chance to be part of a team.”
Join the Team
To learn more about Miracle League of the Triangle, visit Miracle League’s website. Here you can find out how to volunteer, donate, sign your children up to participate and much more.