The Miracle League of Johnston County is a baseball league for children with physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities.
Our field is located at The Community Park in Smithfield, NC. Our facility has a t-ball sized baseball field with a rubberized turf surface to accommodate children with special needs. The Miracle League also worked with the Partnership for Children of Johnston County to build an inclusion playground at The Community Park.
History of The Miracle League
In 1997, just outside of Atlanta, Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s coach Eddie Bagwell invited the first child with a disability to play baseball on his team. In 1998, other children with disabilities were invited to play baseball on a typical baseball field within the same baseball complex.
These players and their families expressed a desire to wear uniforms, hit and round the bases just like other team members. And so the Miracle League was born. Since then the Miracle League has received local and national media attention. The league has been chronicled in the local newspaper, televised locally on NBC, ABC, Connecting With Kids and FOX, Atlanta affiliates and nationally on CNN, MSNBC and Fox Sports. In July 2001, the league was profiled on a segment of HBO’s Real Sports.
Presently there are almost 300 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and our newest member in Australia. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.