WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The start of the 2016 miracle league season is almost a month away and soon kids all across Texoma will be grabbing their bats and gloves to head the field.
But not just any field, a field specially designed to help those with special needs enjoy America's pastime.
The Miracle League was started to help those with special needs be able to join a team and play an organized sport.
Miracle League Director, Andrew Steinly, says the league has helped grow the kids in more ways than one.
"We have some kids come up and they're so shy and don't talk. They don't get to play a normal sport. They come in and by the end of that day or by the end of the season they know what they're doing. They come up to the tee, they're batting just like normal kids. They're smiling, they're laughing, and they're having so much fun," Steinly said.
The YMCA took over the league just three years ago and has only seen the numbers of those participating grow.
"I think we had 72 last year, and 86 kids this year. We're having to add another season and another two teams to miracle league. We also need help with the existing coaches cause if we get so many kids, you don't just want one coach you want multiple coaches and I have plenty of room for that," Steinly said.
The Miracle League is open to any school age kid with special needs. The season starts at the end of September and wraps up at around mid-October. The YMCA funds the entire program, including the cost of signing a child up, with a yearly charity golf tournament.
To sign up your child or to volunteer as a coach or helper, you can contact the YMCA at (940)761-1000.