The Miracle League began to receive Local and National Media attention, Including National Newspaper, National Radio and National Television:
NBC CNN MSNBC FOX Sports HBO’s - The league was profiled on HBO’s Real Sport with Bryant Gumble Nightly News with Tom Brokaw NBC’s “The TODAY Show” ABC Connecting With Kids, FOX News ESPN HBO-The league was profiled with an updated segment on HBO’s Real Sports PAX TV - Featured on PAX TV’s “It’s a Miracle” HBO’s Real Sports again profiled an update segment Oprah Winfrey Network
Profiled in the following National Publications
People Family Circle GA TECH Alumni Magazine Rotary International PSA Receiptant Foundation for a Better Tomorrow Billboard Campaign (2000 billboards across America) TIME ATLANTA Magazine Sports Illustrated FOOD Network’s PAULA DEEN MAGAZINE Embracing Changes Magazine National Baseball Hall of Fame, “Memories and Dreams” Publication
Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award NBC 11 ALIVE – Community Service Award The Jefferson Award The American Institute for Public Services founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Glamour Magazine Annual Community Service Award National Baseball Hall of Fame – Cooperstown, NY National Consortium for Academics and Sports Award
Pitching Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
By Dan Henryl The Rockdale Citizen News
Pitching doesn’t get any better than this.
That ball is right in there as Newton County resident Nicholas Slade demonstrates his skills for the camera at McMiracle Field in Conyers.
Six-year-old Nick, blind from birth, plays for the Yankees in the Miracle League and takes his turn with the other 14 team members, ranging in age from 5 to late teens, playing all positions. He is the son of Russell and Patricia Slade. His father just happens to be the coach for the Yankees and he reports Nick and his teammates have enjoyed a winning season. “On our team there are no losers. They’re all winners,” he said.
Nick is being filmed by Director Herb Kossover who was in town to shoot some promotional footage of the players which will be used as a fund-raiser for the league. Slade reminds area residents to watch HBO Sports on July 16 for a special presentation of “Real Sports” with Bryant Gumbel which will feature the Miracle League and to look for the September issue of Family Circle magazine, which will also have an article on them.
Diamond gleams for disabled
By Mary Lou Pickel The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Monday, April 17, 2000
Amanda Roberts sailed across home plate in her electric wheelchair Sunday all smiles, and it's no surprise. Unlike last year, her wheelchair didn't sink into the sand by second base and require three people to pull her around the bases.
The new Astroturf McMiracle Field in Conyers was also a huge hit for the other 133 disabled children who played on it Sunday during opening ceremonies.
"I think it's fantastic, it really is," said Versie Slay-Strong of Stockbridge. Her son, Robert Solomon, 16, is autistic and used to tire his parents out playing ball in the back yard.
"We were at the first meeting when it got started" three years ago, she said of the Rockdale Miracle League. "It's amazing how big it's gotten. . . . These people came all the way from Marietta," she said, pointing to parents behind her.
Now the league has a field of its own.
"There's no obstructions. The pitchers mound and the bases are flat," said Dean Alford, president of the Rotary Miracle League Fund, which raised $750,000 to build the special field and three surrounding dirt and grass fields. The Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charity gave $350,000. Everything at the complex is wheelchair-accessible, including the low-lying snack bar counter, Alford said.
An estimated 50,000 children in the Atlanta area could benefit from the type of field built in Conyers, he said. The group hopes other communities will use their field as a model.
Andrea Mosley of Tucker wants the same opportunity for her son, Wesley, 8, who has Down syndrome, that the kids in the Rockdale league have.
"With as many baseball fields as there are in DeKalb County, why wouldn't we be able to get something through parks and recreation?" she asked. DeKalb recently formed a special needs league called DeKalb Challenger, but finding a home has been hard. A church has donated a field but limits play to two hours, she said.
"Seeing this -- I stood up there and cried like a baby," said Wesley's grandmother, Linda Moss. "Kids with special needs are a treat.
Field makes dreams come true
By Arthur Adams The Citizen / Monday, April 17, 2000
The Rotary Clubs of Conyers and Rockdale had the foresight to yell, "Play Ball," and two years later the miracle happened. After raising more than $700,000, the special baseball complex, designed exclusively for children with disabilities, has become a reality.
Opening ceremonies were held Sunday afternoon at McMiracle Field in Conyers. The first-of-its-kind sports complex came to life as youngsters stepped up to the plate and circled the bases, most for the first time in their lives.
No one kept score during the three games that were played Sunday, but you'd have never known it from listening to the cheers from the hundreds of enthusiastic fans in the stands.
Do You Believe in Miracles?
By Arthur Adams The Citizen / Monday, April 17, 2000
The dream came true Sunday afternoon with the dedication of McMiracle Field at the American Legion Baseball Complex in Conyers. The dream was made possible by the efforts of the Conyers and Rockdale Rotary Clubs and many others who believed they could make a difference in the lives of disabled children by providing a place for them to enjoy the game of baseball.
There were numerous dignitaries on hand to help commemorate the occasion - including Dean Alford, president of the Rotary Miracle League Fund, Inc.; Paul Messer, president of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.; which gave more than $300,000 to the project; Sandy Chiu, who cut the ribbon opening the new complex; and Ronald McDonald himself.
But, in the end, what mattered was baseball and the fact that hundreds of children who are participants in the Miracle League now have a field of their own.