About 1 in every 6 children (aged 3-17) in the United States have a developmental disability while about 1 in every 8 adults has a developmental disability. In Santa Clara County alone, it is estimated that there are over 30,000 people living with some sort of disability. Many of these individuals live in a reality where they are excluded from many of the activities most of us take for granted. This is where the Miracle League of SF Peninsula (MLSFPEN) comes in. MLSFPEN has the goal of making sure EVERYONE, regardless of ability, can participate in playing baseball. As an organization, we aim to remove the physical and social stigmas that are often associated with disability.
Any person with a disability, whether it be physical or learning, is welcomed to play in the Miracle League. We do not turn anyone away, regardless of the severity of the disability. The Miracle League provides an inclusive environment where individuals with and without disabilities can come together and enjoy the wonderful game of baseball.
Registering as a player typically costs $75.00. There are scholarship options for anyone who needs financial support. Nobody is turned away from the league for monetary reasons.
Games are held on Sunday afternoons within the Redwood City Area. Each game lasts for about 60 minutes and typically consist of two to three innings. Every inning, each player gets up to bat, everybody scores, and there are no outs. Each player is assigned a buddy at the beginning of the season. Buddies are there to support, protect, and encourage their player. Players and their buddies are placed on a team at the beginning of the season. This is the first team experience for many of our players, and so we really try to place a focus on team spirit. Coaches encourage team unity and comradery. The Miracle League does not keep score during the games. Instead, the focus is on fostering a community where players feel confident and supported. The games are all about providing our players joy in an inclusive environment.