Happy Baseball Birthday

Miracle League of the Triangle is celebrating 10 years of making sure players like Jack Yarborough know the thrill of crossing home plate.

The Miracle League of the Triangle will celebrate 10 years of baseball this Saturday, Sept. 17, as a place where children and adults with special needs can experience the thrill of crossing home plate.

Born from the inspiration of former college player Robin Rose, a Triangle developer, and his friend Tony Withers of Withers and Ravenel Engineering, the Miracle League of the Triangle constructed a baseball field on the campus of Henry Adams Elementary School in Cary that accommodates walkers, wheelchairs and players whose mobility is challenged, as well as those with cognitive impairments.

“The Miracle League has been life changing for us,” said Frank Yarborough, dad to player Jack “The Hammer.”

“It’s such a great time. The kids believe in themselves, and baseball is a tool for them to achieve amazing things.”

This Saturday’s celebration begins with a parade at 11:15 a.m., honoring 41 players and six coaches who have been part of the league for all 10 years.

Also on hand will be N.C. State baseball coach Elliott Avent, Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht, and other local dignitaries.

Following the ceremony, the No Rules Riders will circle the field with more than 75 motorcycles as part of the Miracle Ride, and Highway 55 will provide food. Miracle League games will be played throughout the day.

Executive Director Benjy Capps notes that league demand has been so great that Miracle League partnered with the YMCA of the Triangle to build another field in North Raleigh near Wakefield.

An adult division of players has been formed, and an Advanced Players Academy for competitive players.

For more information, visit facebook.com/MiracleLeagueOfTheTriangle or call (919) 238-0333.

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