Buddies needed for MLUC players


Season gets under way this month

Staff Report



Photo courtesy of the Miracle League Miracle League of Union County Player Dominick Kaufman is pictured here with his buddy who helps him play baseball on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex. The Miracle League of Union County’s Baseball Season gets under way this month and the League has a total of 65 players ready top play ball, but still needs more buddies to help them do so. Persons interested in being buddies can get more information on how to be one at The Miracle League of Union County Facebook page.


UNION COUNTY — Would you like to be a “buddy” to a player of the Miracle League of Union County?

The Miracle League of Union County has registered a total 65 players who will play on its seven baseball teams during its 2017 season which gets under way this month. Each player, however, needs a “buddy” and while many have signed up to be buddies to the players more are needed.

What is a buddy? What do they do? The answers to those questions are provided in the following statement issued by Miracle League of Union County Director Amy Austin which also explains what the Miracle League does.

“The Miracle League of Union County removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime,” Austin said. “But it’s more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a ‘buddy’ system — pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described.

“Being a Buddy is about ensuring the safety of the players and creating an inclusive environment for the player and other buddies,” she said. “This inclusive environment is built around respect, trust and compassion. The game of baseball is about being part of a team and having fun. The support, encouragement and enthusiasm of our buddies make this all possible for our players.”

Austin also provided “a few helpful rules to follow while being a Buddy.” Those rules are:

1. Protect the player at all times.

2. Assist your player by holding their hand, pushing their wheelchair or leading them in the game.

3. Always allow the Miracle League Player as much freedom to play his/her own game.

4. Each buddy will be assigned to one player.

5. Ensure your player has fun — give your player lots of encouragement and cheers.

6. Arrive at the Miracle Field 15 minutes before each game.

While many have already signed up to be buddies, more are needed, and persons interested in being buddies should visit The Miracle League of Union County Facebook page for information about becoming a buddy as well as other up-to-date information about the MLUC.

Thanks

In her press release, Austin said that the MLUC would like to thank those who have already signed up to be buddies for this season’s players.

“We would like to thank the following Buddy Groups for making the commitment to be at their scheduled game,” Austin said. “Without them, our players cannot play the game they love and their parents can’t sit in the stands and enjoy seeing their child do something that many were told they would never be able to do. This is an opportunity for everyone to have fun; from the players and buddies to the coaches, parents, fans and other volunteers. Thank you.”

Those Buddy Groups are:

Union County High School Football

Jonesville Elementary Staff

Union County High School Track

Monarch Elementary Staff

Union County High School Future Farmers of America

Union County High School Basketball

UCHS Interact Club

UCHS Year Book Staff

Union County Sheriff’s Office

Sims Middle School

Sonoco Plastics

City of Union Utilities

Putnam Church

Union Medical Center

Harper General Contractors

Mon-Aetna Baptist Church

Milliken — Cedar Hill

Lakeside Church

Fairforest Baptist Church

Photo courtesy of the Miracle League Miracle League of Union County Player Dominick Kaufman is pictured here with his buddy who helps him play baseball on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex. The Miracle League of Union County’s Baseball Season gets under way this month and the League has a total of 65 players ready top play ball, but still needs more buddies to help them do so. Persons interested in being buddies can get more information on how to be one at The Miracle League of Union County Facebook page.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_thumbnail_buddy-pic.jpgPhoto courtesy of the Miracle League Miracle League of Union County Player Dominick Kaufman is pictured here with his buddy who helps him play baseball on the Miracle League Field at the Timken Sports Complex. The Miracle League of Union County’s Baseball Season gets under way this month and the League has a total of 65 players ready top play ball, but still needs more buddies to help them do so. Persons interested in being buddies can get more information on how to be one at The Miracle League of Union County Facebook page.
Season gets under way this month

Staff Report

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