Oct. 11, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif - The University of San Diego baseball team partnered with the Miracle League of San Diego to host its fourth annual skills clinic this past Sunday at Engel Family Field in San Dieguito Park.
The entire USD baseball team volunteered to help lead children with physical and mental disabilities through skill stations such as batting, pitching, fielding, and base running.
USD Athletics and its community service programs present student athletes continuous opportunities to personally develop and participate in the sharing of gifts, skill, and friendship with the youth, families and community of San Diego. The Miracle League and Torero baseball team have turned out to be the perfect match.
Using baseball as a means to connect with youth, this clearly was about more than instruction and drills. It was a chance to serve and give back to the community, as well as an opportunity to influence and impact individuals in the community. As the Toreros continue to perform active roles in community service events, volunteering brings them closer to different people from various aspects of life.
"Its always great to serve the Miracle League of San Diego," stated head coach Rich Hill. "We have been doing it for a number of years now. and it is extremely rewarding for our players and allows them the opportunity to give back to the community. The smile on the kids faces throughout the day was amazing."
The Miracle League of San Diego is a charitable organization that provides special needs children with mental or physical challenges the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of playing baseball. The custom-designed field they play on is completely flat with a cushioned, rubberized surface to accommodate wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players and is Southern California's only field designed specifically to accommodate participants with special needs.