Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball.
MLB Sponsors of the Miracle League of Manasota
2015 Spring Team Sponsors
- Braves: Ball & Shoes Sports Center
- Orioles: Capstan Financial Consulting Group
- Phillies: Sam Snead's American Grill
- Pirates: Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota Elk's Lodge (B.P.O.E. #2855)
- Rays: Michael Saunders & Company
- Yankees: Community Haven
- Dodgers: Champs
- Cubs: Kiwanis Club of Sarasota
- Angels: Resnick & Rovine
- Brewers: CAE USA
6050 Longwood Run Blvd.
Sarasota, FL. 34243
FALL REGISTRATION TO OPEN AUGUST 1st, 2015FALL 2015 UPDATE.... Registration for the fall season is open and will close on August 22. You can register online or by mail by printing the registration form. (GO TO FORMS TAB) In person registration will be on Saturday August 8th, 15th and 22 at the community center from 9:00 - 11:00am. Opening day is planned for September 12th. The registration fee is $25.00 per player. We will soon be signing up buddy groups for each of the ten weeks. Looking forward to another GREAT season of baseball. To register online, copy and paste this URL into your browser... http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2140933
Miracle League Legacy Paver Project
2015 Bennett Guard Memorial Golf FundraiserThe 2015 Bennett Guard Memorial Golf Fundraiser to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota will be held Saturday, September 13. Last year we had 60 golfers and raised $7200+ for our Miracle League. Our goal this year is 72+ golfers and $8500 - $10K! This event has grown each of the four years and can only continue to grow with YOUR HELP! Please spread the word! We're also seeking contributions of money (donations and hole sponsors), as well as products and services from businesses for door and raffle prizes,. For more information please visit our Facebook page.
Miracle League of Manasota Benefits as Orioles Honor Derek Jeter
“We know that Derek’s commitment to spreading the game of baseball to children across all walks of life has had a tremendous impact throughout several communities, and his home is right up the road in Tampa,” said David Rovine, vice president of Orioles-Sarasota. “It is a fitting tribute to Derek’s ongoing legacy for the Orioles to make this donation in his name to the Miracle League of Manasota, a league that gives children and adults with special needs a chance to play the great game of baseball.”
“Our partnership with the Orioles extends back to the development of our specially designed ball field at Longwood Run Park near the Sarasota-Manatee county line,” said Bob Mitchell, Miracle League of Manasota president. “We are thrilled by the Orioles’ generous gift, and so honored to be involved in this tribute to one of the great players and role models in baseball.”
The Miracle League of Manasota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their ability to play. For the 14,000 school-aged children and countless adults with special needs in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Miracle League of Manasota raised funds to build a synthetically-surfaced baseball field at a location that serves participants from both counties.
The field, which opened in March 2012, was funded from public and private sources, including $75,000 each from the Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since that time, more than 450 players have taken the field to enjoy baseball as part of a team. The league is currently hosting its fall season, which runs through November 15. Information: www.MiracleLeagueManasota.org.
As a nonprofit organization, the Miracle League of Manasota relies on community support to fulfill its mission. The charity is seeking volunteer coaches and buddies for the fall season. In addition, sponsorships are available for both ongoing support and Phase II of field construction, which includes handicapped-accessible restrooms and concession area. For information, please email email@example.com, or call (941) 225-2966.
Phase II Sponsorship.
Other sponsorship opportunities
$10k Generous donation received from Pittsburgh Pirates
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
Pancakes and Pickles?
A local Manasota Miracle League coach and his son were inspired to write a children’s alphabet book after being offered pickles with an order of pancakes at a local diner. 100% of the profits from the sale of the book will go back to the Manasota Miracle League.
The Book is titled "Pancakes & Piickles" and will be available for purchase at all league games this fall.
The authors, Sy and Barron Schimberg, have already raised $1,000 for the League through sales of the book and all of their generosity is greatly appreciated!
The book may also be purchased through their website, again with 100% of the profits going to the Manasota Miracle League.
Website -> Pancakes and Pickles
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