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Coyotes team up with Miracle League

Miracles, as they say, come in all forms.

Even in the form of baseball.

Continuing their tradition of community service, the Weatherford College Coyote baseball team will partake in a day of fun and education with the Miracle League of Parker County on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Games begin at 9 a.m. with the Royals facing the Reds, followed by the Rangers vs. the Astros at 10:15 a.m. and wrapping up with the Yankees vs. the SF Giants at 11:30 a.m. All games will be played at the Miracle League Field, 2308 Tin Top Road in Weatherford.

The mission of The Miracle League of Parker County is to provide a safe and fun environment where those with special needs can play baseball in a stadium of their own—where the rules are limited, the love unconditional, and the joy infectious.

Uniformed WC baseball team members will each serve as a buddy for a Miracle League player. They will assist them in playing the game, running the bases, hitting and throwing, etc.

“I hope that we may be there to support and help these athletes have a great experience in the game of baseball,” head coach Jeff Lightfoot said. “We are just there to be teammates—it’s not about us.”

Established in 2015 by the late George Mercer, his wife, Amy, and other donors, The Miracle League is known for its state-of-the-art facility and caring volunteers.

“When we decide on our volunteers we want to give the kids a sense of camaraderie, to have a regular baseball game,” Miracle League board member Leanna Geiger said. “They get to experience what they might not somewhere else.

“The players from Weatherford College do an amazing job. They have a great attitude, and you can tell they’re having as much fun as the kids.”

The experience is about more than just having fun, though, Geiger said.

“The parents love to see their kids learn some techniques. Weatherford College players have been great about helping with the dynamics as far as teaching them fundamentals,” Geiger said. “It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but they are really patient, and they’re so nice. It’s a great relationship.”

But then, building great relationships throughout the community is something Lightfoot has always stressed. Other projects this fall involving the Coyotes include assisting with a Weatherford Little League Challenger game (players with a physical or developmental challenge) on Sept. 30 and Nov. 4, participating in Habitat For Humanity Build Days on Nov. 1 and 8, and the Hurt and Fallen Foundation Softball Tournament on Nov. 9.

“In our first player meeting, I tell our guys that my goal is to build men of character, men that will serve and impact the community,” Lightfoot said. “You can either talk about it or you can be about it. ‘The greatest among you will be the first to serve.’”

“In support of the mission of Weatherford College, we are here to serve the community. We hope to establish a bond through service that will last year-around, we want our community to know that we are their team.”

For more information on The Miracle League of Parker County, visit www.miracleleagueparkercounty.com.