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: Safelite Glass
  • Angels: Resnick & Rovine
  • Brewers: CAE USA

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

6th Annual Birdland Golf Classic

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Join Sarasota’s home team, the Baltimore Orioles, at the 6th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic. Play along with current and former Orioles players and coaches, who are paired with each participating foursome. Every participant receives a gift bag that includes an OriolesREACH golf shirt, an Orioles player autographed ball, Orioles hat, and more. Lunch, cocktails, and dinner will be included as well as plenty of opportunities for autographs and pictures. You won't want to miss this up close and personal event! Limited to the first 100 golfers. Registration ends 2/8/16. Help OriolesREACH assist children and adults in our area who have special needs. “Everyone Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball” http://birdeasepro.com/birdlandclassic

17th Annual Hernando De Soto Historical Society Charity Golf Tournament

Photo: 17th Annual Hernando De Soto Historical Society Charity Golf Tournament
The 17th Annual Hernando De Soto Historical Society Charity Golf Tournament is taking place Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the River Club Golf Course in Bradenton. The Hernando De Soto Historical Society has graciously selected the Miracle League of Manasota to be the beneficiary of all proceeds. If you are interested in playing or no anyone who would be please visit the "Forms" section of our website to download a copy of the event registration.

2015 Bennett Guard Memorial Golf Fundraiser

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The 2015 Bennett Guard Memorial Golf Fundraiser was able to raise $7,149 to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota! Thank you to all the participants of this years event, to view photos be sure to check out our Facebook page!


Opening Day is Saturday September 12th. We have 153 players on TEN teams this season. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the ball field. Games begin at 8:00am and finish up at 1:00pm. There will be a special guest appearance from the Orioles Bird on 9.12.15. Go to FORMS to print schedule.

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

Miracle League of Manasota Benefits as Orioles Honor Derek Jeter

Photo: Miracle League of Manasota Benefits as Orioles Honor Derek Jeter
The Orioles donate $10,000 in retiring player’s name to Sarasota-Bradenton baseball league for special needs players. SARASOTA-BRADENTON (September 16, 2014) As the Orioles race toward a postseason berth, the ball club paused to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota with a $10,000 donation in honor of the Hall of Fame career of retiring Major League player Derek Jeter on Sunday, September 14 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Orioles Manager Buck Showalter and outfielder Nick Markakis presented the gift in Jeter’s name prior to the final game the Yankees’ No. 2 played in Baltimore.

“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 info@miracleleaguemanasota.org, or call (941) 225-2966.

Phase II Sponsorship.

Photo: Phase II Sponsorship.
We're currently under construction of Phase II at our Miracle League field. We're building handicapped accessible restrooms and concessions and we need your generous financial support. Please look under [FORMS] for a Phase II donation form. THANK YOU for your continued support!

Other sponsorship opportunities

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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!

$10k Generous donation received from Pittsburgh Pirates

Photo: $10k Generous donation received from Pittsburgh Pirates
On behalf of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Frank Coonelly and Bob Nutting presented the Miracle League of Manasota a very generous check in the amount of $10,000.00. Although we were unable to attend the Pirates game at PNC Park, we will reenact this presentation in the Spring when the Pirates are in town for Spring Training. We are deeply grateful for all the Pirates have done for the Miracle League of Manasota

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.

Pancakes and Pickles?

Photo: 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