Angels in the outfield at San Jose Catholic

San Jose Catholic School 8th grade students are volunteering for the third year to help the Miracle League of Jacksonville, which provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play baseball. The students are known as “Angels in the Outfield” as they assist young men and women play a sport that they love.
The students are on a rotation to attend the Friday night and Saturday games throughout the season, providing an extra set of hands and legs – and a lot of heart – to those with physical and mental disabilities who just need a buddy to be successful.

San Jose Catholic School 8th grader Lindsay Dobrie, right, assists a young woman playing on the ball team

San Jose Catholic School 8th grader Lindsay Dobrie, right, assists a young woman playing on the ball team

The Miracle League says it best, “We cannot change or cure the medical issues life has dealt them. What we can do is provide them with an opportunity to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing baseball.”

Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, synthetic Turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries. But it’s more than playing a game. The Jacksonville Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other ball players.
The students come away with more love and life lessons than the friends they are helping, according to Carla Chin. “It is a wonderful gift to see everyone playing the game smiling and laughing, knowing that the moment is to be cherished and enjoyed.”

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