Board Positions Available!

Miracle League of Blaine Players and Coaches & St. Kate’s Buddies

Do you or someone you know need community volunteer hours for your job or college credits? Are you a person who likes to volunteer for worthy causes? Have a big heart and lots of love for children?

We have several positions available for board members and chair people in our nonprofit organization that serves children with special needs and their families in the entire north metro.

Inquire Here

Volunteer Opportunities

Treasurer

Description: Financial management background a plus. Work with President and Vice President regarding approved purchases, reconcile the bank accounts, keep accurate financial records, work with the accountant regarding filing taxes, answer directly to President and Vice President. Must attend all scheduled board meetings (once a month for one hour). Volunteer time is approximately two to three hours per month.

Secretary

Description: Keep accurate records in Google Docs of meeting minutes, agendas, organization records, updates to Secretary of State filings, administrative tasks, answering emails from contact forms, correspondence to and from sponsors, parents or the league, and other. Answers directly to President and Vice President. Must attend all scheduled board meetings (once a month for one hour). Volunteer time is approximately two to three hours per month.

Registration Chairperson

Description: Handles registration of league players, orders jerseys, medals/trophies, etc. Answers directly to President and Vice President Must attend all scheduled board meetings (once a month for one hour). Volunteer time is approximately two to three hours per month but can be more during registration season (February and March).

Assistant League Director

Description: Oversees coaches and volunteers, schedules volunteers for each game and deals directly with volunteers, answers emails and inquiries regarding volunteering, umpiring, and coaching. Answers directly to President/VP/League Director. Must be able to pass a background check. Must attend all scheduled board meetings (once a month for one hour). Volunteer time is approximately two to three hours per month, depending on the season.

Coach

Description: No coaching experience necessary. Pitch (as needed) or catch during games, work lineup for players, answer any questions parents might have. Have a love for kids and making our community better. Must be able to pass a background check. Coaching hours will vary person to person but typically are one to two hours per week.

Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities include: coaching on an as-needed basis, assistant coach, helping players during the game, umpiring, announcing the games and running the sound system, board positions

Sponsors

Description: Sponsors play a special role in our league in that they enable us to charge a minimal amount to each child to cover their jersey cost, and the sponsors pick up the rest. You can sponsor a whole team, scholarships for kids, and/or individual days of games or a big event. Please email board@miracleleagueofblaine.org for more details.

Interested?

All applicants must pass a background check and are strictly on a permanent volunteer basis. As we are a nonprofit organization that operates on a small budget, these positions are non-compensated.

If you or someone you know are interested in helping children with special needs in the north metro please apply by emailing your resume and a short letter to board@miracleleagueofblaine.org or call (612) 710-2612 for more information.

Twins Radio Interview With League President

The President of the Miracle League of Blaine was interviewed by Taylor Ringold of Minnesota Twins Radio to discuss the needs to replace our field. Brandy spoke about the harsh winters in Minnesota and how they’ve taken their toll on the field and what it will mean to the families and our community to have the field rebuilt.

“We would love to have our field replaced where it’s safe for our kids to play and we would love to be able to offer this to more families. The field we’re hoping to build will be more durable, and currently we’ve raised $45,000 toward our $250,000 goal.” – Brandy Eckman

Emme Kersten, who plays on the Pirates and her mom, Jessica Kersten, were also interviewed. Emme agrees that the Miracle League of Blaine provides a level playing field for all of our players.

“We spent years taking Emme with us to watch her siblings play their sports. When we stumbled upon Miracle League it finally offered her an opportunity to be able to do the exact same thing that her siblings were able to do. Instead of having to be a watcher all of the time, she got to actually be a participant and get the same experience that they got.” – Jessica Kersten

Hear the interview in its entirety below:

A Warm Welcome to Our Armstrong High School Baseball Buddies

The Miracle League Was All Smiles Last Saturday

The Miracle League of Blaine welcomed Armstrong High School’s baseball team as our buddies this past Saturday, May 19th. Even on a cloudy Saturday, there were bright smiles all around as the Armstrong Falcons teamed up with each player creating memorable bonds and lifelong memories.

Buddies are an amazing addition to the Miracle League of Blaine because they give parents a chance to be a part of the audience. Buddies are on the field, making sure each ball player is safe and assisting where needed, whether that includes cheering the player on as they run from base to base or helping a player that is up to bat.

Being a buddy helps teach others to see beyond the scope of the game. Miracle League of Blaine buddies get the chance to grow into a leadership position, to recognize the different abilities of their very own community, and interact with other youth that have their very same passion – baseball.

So much of life can feel like a competition, but that’s not what the Miracle League is about. The Miracle League of Blaine is working to give equal opportunities to baseball players of different abilities. It is also a beautiful reminder to the volunteers and buddies that the game is about teamwork, perseverance, and effort – not just a score. That’s a valuable lesson everyone can walk away with. It’s more than just the game; it’s watching the smiles form as the player hits the ball or is wheeled from base to base. It’s the follow-up; being able to be a part of the story behind that baseball player’s smile.

Follow this link to learn more about how you can become a buddy!


A Glimpse of the Game: May 19th, 2018

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Sponsors of the 2018 Season of the Miracle League of Blaine

2018 Sponsor Announcement

League Director, Rich Delaney and family receiving sponsorship donation from Parker Hannifin.

This year, we are proud to announce that we have received a great response regarding sponsorship from our local community and businesses in the surrounding area. With the help of the following organizations, we are able to open up play to over 120 kids in the North Metro, and make much needed repairs to our field! *Denotes returning sponsor

Special thanks to those sponsors returning for a second year! And a very big thank you to Cigars & Baseball (you may remember our volunteering at this event last year) and Blaine Festival Committee for their donations to repair our field. We are still fundraising for the replacement of our field so if you or someone you know is interested in sponsorship, please contact Stacy Alcox at stacy@miracleleagueofblaine.org.

We are truly blessed to have the support of our community members and look forward to another amazing year!

KARE11 Spotlight on Miracle League of Blaine

The Miracle League of Blaine was featured on the KARE11 Sunrise news this morning!

Watch here to see if you know any of these amazing kids.

BLAINE, Minn.- Getting involved and lending a helping hand is a big part of what makes communities come together. We are so fortunate to have so many great foundations and non-profits here in Minnesota, so we decided to shine a light on those helping people in need and needing some help in return.

Our first non-profit spotlight is on the Miracle League of Blaine, which is an adaptive baseball program for kids with special needs from ages 3-21. Any child with special needs or disabilities can play baseball.

Read the full article at Kare11 here.

Click here for sponsorship.

Click here for registration.

 

Registration for Spring/Summer 2018 is Now Open!

Please follow this link to start registration for this upcoming season.

Registration is $50 per player for one season. If registering for both seasons, you receive $10 off per player. This does not apply for registering two players for one season.

Here are some important dates for you to be aware of. You may also find all of this information on the important dates page.

Spring/Summer League 2018

  • Registration: February 1st – March 31st
  • Jersey Pickup Day: May 12th
  • Tuesday Games: May 15th – July 3rd
  • Saturday Games: May 19th – July 7th
  • Picture Day: May 29th for Tuesday players and June 2nd for Saturday players*
    • Please arrive 30 minutes before your game time to get the team photo
  • Trophy Day: July 14th for all players
  • Rain Makeup: July 10th for Tuesday players, July 21st for Saturday players

Summer/Fall League 2018

  • Registration: May 15th – June 30th
  • Jersey Pickup Day: Your first game day
  • Tuesday Games: August 7th – September 11th
  • Saturday Games: August 11th – September 15th
  • Picture Day: August 14th for Tuesday players and August 18th for Saturday players.
    • Please arrive 30 minutes before your game time to get the team photo
  • Medal Day: Last game of the season for all players.

Don’t forget we have one more skills session at the Vadnais Sports Center this Saturday, February 3rd at 9:00 am.

We are looking forward to free chicken sandwiches from our sponsors, Chick-fil-A Northtown and Chick-fil-A Coon Rapids at Riverdale! (Please check nutritional information as we cannot guarantee any allergy-free products.)

Our buddies from Blaine Area Traveling Baseball Association will be on hand for most of the season along with Coon Rapids/Andover Little League and some new buddies!

If you are interested in volunteering and/or coaching, please send an email to board@miracleleagueofblaine.org or to Rich Delaney, League Director at rich@miracleleagueofblaine.org.

If you have any questions, please reply here or email board@miracleleagueofblaine.org.

2017 Fall Season Winding Down

What an amazing first summer we had!  Well over 90 kids and countless buddies and volunteers absolutely rocked our little Blaine field this year.  We can’t wait for next spring!

The final few games of this year are going to be awesome. If you are a parent of a KWSN or know a kid that you think would enjoy baseball, PLEASE come by the field and give it a try.

The final games will be held each Saturday starting at 9:45AM through Sept. 30  and each Tues evening at 6:30PM through Sept. 19th

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Jersey Pickup Day Major League 2017

Board Member Stacy, Homer, and Stacy’s son John

Jersey Pickup Day Recap

What an amazing day at the Miracle League of Blaine field! The weather was beautiful and the food was delicious!

We are so thankful that the Rotary Club of Blaine was on hand to cook delicious burgers and hot dogs, supplying everything we needed to have a successful picnic! We can’t thank them enough for their involvement in our league. They are interested in buddying for us in the fall, too!

As for the jerseys, they were a hit! Everyone enjoyed getting to meet their coaches and catch up with friends. We are estimating 200 folks attended our picnic!

We’re pretty sure the highlight of the day was Homer’s visit!

The day would not have been complete without all of our coaches and board members attending. And let’s not forget the Robbinsdale-Armstrong High School buddies who delayed going to prom to be on the field with us!

Click here to see the photos and if you wish to order any, feel free. All proceeds from photo orders go to the Miracle League of Blaine.

Let’s go out and have a great Major League 2017 season!