Exhibition Game Fundraiser

The New Albany Baseball Classic will be held at Bevelhymer Park in New Albany June 15-18, 2018. All proceeds from the tournament will benefit The Miracle League of New Albany.

Additionally, The Miracle League will be holding an exhibition game on the Y1 field at 4:00 PM on Sunday June 18th before the 9U Championship game. All players will be given The Miracle League of New Albany pins to be worn throughout the tournament weekend, and all Miracle League players and buddies will receive t-shirts.

The Miracle League of New Albany will have a booth on site during the tournament with field renderings, a donation jar, and volunteer sign-ups. Please stop by and support The Miracle League of New Albany!

Visit the USSSA website for more information.

Fundraiser at Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders

Please come out and support your local athletes!

Thursday, June 21
Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders
4926 Morse Road
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Dine in, carry out, or purchase a gift card and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to The Miracle League of New Albany and New Albany Special Olympics.

Council gives green light for Miracle League field

By Sarah Sole

The construction of a Miracle League baseball field can proceed in New Albany after the authorization of a lease agreement with the city and the New Albany-Plain Local Joint Parks District.

New Albany City Council on Nov. 8 approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Joe Stefanov to enter into a lease with the parks district for 5 acres on the north side of Swickard Woods Boulevard.

The lease will cost the parks district a one-time $10 fee, according to city spokesman Scott McAfee.

The parks district then will sublease the land to the New Albany Miracle League. The area will include a baseball field, a handicap-accessible playground, a parking lot and possibly a building that could complement other public uses on Swickard Woods Boulevard, according to an Oct. 31 legislative report to council members.

Under the terms of the lease agreement, the city will be able to approve the development’s design. If the field were not developed, the land would revert to city property.

Miracle League celebrates future New Albany field with Saturday baseball game

By Bryant Somerville

NEW ALBANY — Dozens of children took to the baseball diamond, Saturday, to celebrate Miracle League.

It’s a national organization that was established to provide children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in an environment that meets their needs.

Children participating met at the New Albany High School baseball field, Saturday. The teams were divided into two before playing two full innings.

In 2005, the Miracle League of Central Ohio, located in Dublin, had its first season. It has continued to grow every year since.

In July, the Miracle League of New Albany, Inc. was founded with the following mission:

  1. To provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities.
  2. To promote community support, volunteerism and sponsorship of the Miracle League of New Albany.
  3. To promote the construction of special facilities within New Albany that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families.

Right now, Miracle League of New Albany is designing its field, which will be located within Wexner Community Park at Swickard Woods in New Albany in the future.

Doc steps up to plate to establish Miracle League

By Sarah Sole

For Dr. Kevin Klingele, watching a Miracle League baseball game is an opportunity to see children in a setting that lets them escape for a little while from a normal routine of doctor visits and therapy.

“You see the joy on these kids’ faces,” Klingele said.

As chief of orthopedics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Klingele said, he was introduced to the Miracle League program through the children he has treated.

After visiting Miracle Leagues in Dublin and Grove City, Klingele was motivated to bring one to New Albany, an area that makes sense for the program because of the city’s focus on wellness and its sizeable Special Olympics organization, he said.

To prepare the community for the new organization, Klingele is planning an awareness event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the New Albany High School softball field. The event will include an exhibition baseball game with team members and their buddies, followed by refreshments at Wexner Community Park.