The Jesuit Baseball Team was awarded the OSAA 6A Team of the Month in April for their success on the field and service with the Miracle League, a baseball league dedicated to helping children and adults with disabilities experience the joy of playing baseball.
On April 27, Jesuit's JV and Varsity players joined the Miracle League of Vancouver, WA for Opening Day. Each Miracle League athlete was paired with a 'buddy' from Jesuit who was there to assist if needed and ensure safety on the field.
"As a coach, it brings me so much pride to watch the Jesuit team and Miracle League athletes play the game together with so much passion and joy," said Baseball Head Coach Colin Griffin '00.
This was the third year the Jesuit Baseball program joined the Miracle League athletes for their Opening Day. The morning featured three baseball games at various age levels and post-game treats from the 'Snack-Shack,' generously hosted by the Jesuit families.
"I was lucky enough to be paired with the same player for the last three years," said Ethan Wilson '20. "His passion for the game is unparalleled. Seeing the Miracle League players excitement to play baseball, something I am able to do every day, renews my own appreciation for the game."
Friends and family who gathered to watch their loved ones play baseball were excited to see every player bat and score, ensuring a tie at the end of each game per Miracle League rules.
"Playing with the Miracle League is so enjoyable I don't even think of it as service," said Joe Schwab '20. "My teammates and I have developed genuine friendships with the Miracle League players. At the end of the day, no matter our skill level, we all love to play baseball."
There are over 300 Miracle League chapters nationwide dedicated to helping children experience the joy of America's favorite pastime. The chapter in Vancouver, WA serves 120 players, girls and boys ranging in age from 4 to 62. To learn more about the Miracle League and ways you can get involved, click here.
Photos courtesy of Brian Murphy/SaderNation.org.