Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball.


MLB Sponsors of the Miracle League of Manasota


2016 Spring Team Sponsors

  • Braves: Ball & Shoe Center
  • Orioles: Capstan Financial
  • Phillies: The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani, P.A.
  • Pirates: LWR Elk's Lodge
  • Rays: A1HR - Human Resource Consulting
  • Yankees: Community Haven
  • Dodgers: Resnick & Rovine
  • Cubs: Safelite AutoGlass
  • Brewers: Michael Saunders & Company
  • Angels: Shumaker Law Group
  • Giants: Sertoma Club
  • Royals: Elite Wealth Advisors

It's More Than a Game, It's a Miracle!

The Miracle League of Manasota is an affiliate of the National Miracle League Association, joining more than 200 communities around the world that are providing opportunities for disabled children to play baseball. Since its founding in 1998, more than 220 specially surfaced fields have been built or are under construction. Miracle Leagues serve more than 200,000 youngsters with special needs.

The complete complex will include a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, handicapped accessible concession stand and restrooms, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to special needs players. The Miracle League of Manasota has adopted the Miracle League rules that every player bats once each inning, all base runners are safe, every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run), able bodied community children and volunteers serve as 'buddies' to assist the players, and each team and each player wins every game.

Our Spring Season began March 17, 2012. The Miracle League will continue to reach out to invite children with disabilities to play baseball through the county recreation programs, disability support groups and servicing agencies, the schools, existing baseball programs and the media. The Miracle League will make dreams come true for so many youngsters who have been denied the chance to participate in a team sport. Despite infirmities, Miracle League players will beg their families to get them to every game. The thrill of playing, the cheers from the stands, the self esteem and the friendships they develop will make the Miracle League field an oasis for disabled children, miles away from their everyday battles.

Help Build a Dream

The Miracle League of Manasota is seeking $500,000 to complete the baseball complex and create an endowment to ensure the long term viability of the League. We are looking for partners in the community to join us in this important effort to provide every child with special needs in Sarasota and Manatee counties a chance to play baseball. For more information on how you can help, please take a look at our Get Involved section for information on donating or volunteering.

If you were to see them play, you would call it a miracle


Miracle League of Manasota, Longwood Park
6050 Longwood Run Blvd.
Sarasota, FL. 34243

In Memory of our Founder, Robert (Bob) H. Mitchell

Photo: In Memory of our Founder, Robert (Bob) H. Mitchell
Robert H. Mitchell (Bob) died at his home in Sarasota, FL on August 25, 2016 with his family by his side, after an extended battle with complications associated with stomach cancer. He was 73. Born on February 7, 1943 in Newark, NJ, he was the only child of Margarette (Frunzi) Mitchell. He grew up in West Orange, NJ, where he graduated from West Orange High School in 1961. He received his undergraduate degree in 1965 and his master’s degree in 1967, both from Seton Hall University prior to serving in the US Army abroad. He went on to receive his law degree in 1976 from Seton Hall Law School. He married Maryann (Petriella) Mitchell on June 4, 1966 in Irvington, NJ. They lived in Whippany, NJ before relocating to Sarasota, FL in 1981 with their two sons. Bob leaves behind his wife Maryann, his youngest son Bobby of St. Petersburg, FL, and his oldest son Mike of Brandon, FL with his wife Colleen, their daughter Maddie, and Bob’s step-granddaughter Kailene Quinn of Sarasota, FL. His brother’s and sister’s-in-law Dr. Victor & Honey Petriella of West Caldwell, NJ and Dr. Michael & Nancy Petriella II of West Chester, PA, as well as his nieces and nephews Marybeth (Rafael) Petriella Hernandez of Union City, NJ, Elizabeth (Vincent) Petriella Mongiovi of West Chester, PA, Michael (Annabelle) Petriella III of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, and Victor (Jacqueline) Petriella of Morristown, NJ. He also leaves behind cousins Arlene Carolla of Orange, CT, Lynn Frunzi McColl of Tuscaloosa AL, and Larry (Sharon) Frunzi of Dunedin, FL. Bob will be remembered for his unconditional love of family, his great friendships, his extraordinary singing voice, his never ending sense of humor, and his charitable giving spirit. He was a proud member of the Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club, a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), singer in the Tampa Bay Heralds of Harmony and the Sarasota Chorus of the Keys, a member of multiple barbershop quartets (most recently The Best of Times), and he was the proud founder of the Miracle League of Manasota. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held Friday, September 2, 2016, 6PM at Toale Brothers Funeral Home located at 40 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Miracle League of Manasota in Bob’s name via their website.

2016 Bennett Guard Memorial Golf Tournament

Photo: 2016 Bennett Guard Memorial Golf Tournament
Golfers! Please consider joining us for what promises to be an awesome day on the course for the 2016 Bennett Guard Memorial Golf Tournament held Sunday, September 18th at the River Strand Golf and Country Club. This casual but very meaningful golf tournament was created by our very good friend Howard Guard in memory of his son, Bennett who passed away at the age of 18 in a fatal car accident. Bennett was a high school baseball player and had an exceptional place in his heart for children with special needs. It is in Bennett's honor that all proceeds will be donated to the Miracle League of Manasota! For a copy of the registration form please visit our forms gallery to download a copy.

Miracle League Legacy Paver Project

Photo: Miracle League Legacy Paver Project
By making a select contribution to The Miracle League of Manasota you can place your mark on the new field by personalizing a Legacy Paver which will be laid at the site. Please consider making a donation to The Miracle League of Manasota. Your donation helps us make it possible for special needs children and adults facing incredible daily challenges to do what they never dreamt was possible, play the game of baseball! The Miracle League of Manasota is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is tax deductible. Games are played in two-10 week seasons beginning in mid-March and again in mid-September. For more information on getting involved with the league, please contact Executive Director, Laura Tellor at laura.tellor@miracleleaguemanasota.org. For any questions regarding ordering a Legacy Paver please contact Mara Foley marawertz@gmail.com or Kit Carlson kitcarlson1@gmail.com

AVAILABLE NOW! Outfield Advertising Sponsorship Opportunities

Outfield advertising signs will be available for the fall season and beyond. The very reasonable cost of advertising for one year is $300 for a 8 ft wide x 4 ft high vinyl mesh sign featuring your corporate logo of message. If you sign up for two years, you will receive a total discount of $100. The cost of a two-year advertisement is $500, an average of just $250 per year. Go to FORMS for the sponsorship form.

Other sponsorship opportunities

Photo: Other sponsorship opportunities
There are many ways that you can get involved through sponsorship. You could sponsor one of our teams, you could have a banner hanging in our outfield. Please visit the [FORMS] tab at the top and see the sponsorship opportunities available and consider filling out the sponsorship form. We thank you for your continued support!