The Miracle League of Alexandria
The Miracle League of Alexandria needs Angels!
Angels are people who assist Miracle League players to run the bases, either running for them, pushing wheelchairs or just helping them along. As an Angel, you get paid in smiles by the players who finally have a chance to participate in sporting events like everyone else. Please consider helping out this great program! All equipment is provided! Just wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing.
What is a Miracle Field? It is a synthetic turf baseball diamond designed specifically for use by individuals with special needs. The surface is entirely covered in a rubber-like compound that allows a firm, yet cushioned surface for wheelchairs, walkers, etc.
The Kelley Cares Miracle Field is located adjacent to the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center at 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria, VA 22314. In the event of bad weather games will be held indoors at the Lee Center across the parking lot from the field.
**Wednesday Evening Youth Games, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
We especially need help on Wednesday Games
**Saturday Adult Games, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Please note that bigger groups or teams work better for Saturday games.
Mac Slover, Miracle League Volunteer Coordinator at ([email protected]). Mac Slover has now retired from the City of Alexandria. He will continue as the Miracle League Volunteer Coordinator.
Tamika Coleman at the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities, Sports Division, at 703-746-5408 or ([email protected]) is the City's contact person now.
Miracle League web site: http://www.miracleleagueofalexandria.com/
Tips for Working with kids and adults with disabilities:
*Always focus on the individual, not the disability
*Always ask first and wait until the offer is accepted
*Always greet participants with a smile, and tell them your name
*Ask participants if they would like assistance
*Allow wait time for the participant to process, when speaking with a participant or asking them to respond
*Use verbal praise and praise often, Example “great job running to first base” “We are proud of you”
*Offer High 5’s as positive reinforcement
*Use verbal prompts and gestures to assist participants, minimal physical prompts so that participants can be as independent as possible.
*Ask for help, if needed Remember to keep a smile in your voice and on your face. Keep an open mind Have [email protected] all times!!!
Kelley Cares Miracle Field, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314