About Miracle League Fields
& Universal Playgrounds
Finding Inspiration Through Inclusivity
Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play!
The Miracle League of Chaska’s purpose is to provide children and adults with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing baseball through the operation and conduct of a baseball program. Whether an individual uses a wheelchair, walker or other assistive device for mobility, the program is designed to create possibilities for individuals who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play the game. Furthermore, the Miracle League of the Miami Valley endeavors to teach the fundamentals of baseball, promote teamwork and good sportsmanship, and develop friendships through social interaction.
History of The Miracle League
The Original Miracle League. Miracle League baseball began in Conyers, Georgia in 1998 when the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association invited children with unique abilities to play on a typical baseball field. That first season, on a grass and dirt field, 140 players came out to play baseball. The Miracle League has been growing ever since!
By the second season, a new type of field was developed just for Miracle League athletes. It’ s a custom-designed field with a cushioned, rubberized surface. It makes it a little bit easier for special needs players to get from base to base.
The Miracle League believes that Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball. There are currently 240+ Miracle League organizations in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada serving more than 200,000 children and adults with unique abilities.
Universal, or "inclusive," playgrounds contribute to a more inclusive society by fostering social integration, promoting development and learning, and empowering children of all abilities. They play a vital role in creating a welcoming and accessible environment where every child can thrive, play, and experience the joy of childhood.
Inclusive playgrounds are important for several reasons. Here are a few key reasons why inclusive playgrounds are beneficial:
Promoting social inclusion: Inclusive playgrounds provide opportunities for children of all abilities to play together, fostering social interaction and promoting inclusivity. When children of different abilities play together, they can develop empathy, understanding, and acceptance of individual differences, breaking down barriers and creating a more inclusive society.
Enhancing physical and cognitive development: Play is essential for children's physical and cognitive development. Inclusive playgrounds are designed to accommodate children with diverse abilities, allowing them to engage in various types of play that support their development. These playgrounds may include features such as wheelchair-accessible ramps, sensory play elements, and inclusive swings, allowing children of all abilities to participate fully and benefit from physical activity and exploration.
Encouraging learning and problem-solving skills: Inclusive playgrounds often incorporate sensory and tactile elements, interactive panels, and inclusive games that can stimulate cognitive development and enhance problem-solving skills. Children can engage in imaginative play, learn to navigate challenges, and develop creativity and critical thinking skills in an inclusive and supportive environment.
Building self-confidence and self-esteem: Inclusive playgrounds provide children with disabilities the opportunity to engage in play activities that were traditionally inaccessible to them. When children can participate and succeed in play alongside their peers, it can boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. Inclusive playgrounds create a sense of belonging and empowerment for all children, promoting their overall well-being.