Edmond Police, Firefighters Play Baseball With Special Needs Children
EDMOND, Oklahoma - Sunday first responders put on a different kind of uniform for a good cause. Edmond firefighters and police officers hit the baseball diamond to raise money for athletes with special needs.
The two teams went head-to-head for the Miracle League of Edmond. The concept got its start about 15 years ago when Margo Price wanted her son, who has autism, to be able to play sports on a team.
Now, she's in charge of 12 teams and more than 120 players participate in the league. They play by rules that allow them to shine. A volunteer throws a slow pitch, some hit off the tee, there are no outs and no keeping score.
“These kids deserve to play and have fun just like the rest of us,” Price said.
The Miracle League players at Sunday's charity game were beaming with excitement.
“Love it. I will do it again. Over and over again,” one player said.
“Hitting the ball and running the bases,” another player said about her favorite part of the game.
“Baseball in the Miracle League gives the players confidence and helps them make friends even outside of the sport,” Price added.
And thanks to Edmond Police and Edmond Fire and Rescue going to bat for them, they'll get to continue to do what they love.
The Miracle League of Edmond plays in April and May and then again in September and October. Each team plays one game per week for eight weeks. Players range from four years old to 60 years old, both male and female players are welcome.