UNION — A baseball league that gives children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball received a check for $1,000 from a local group of hunters.
The Miracle League of Union County was presented with the donation by the Southeastern Treeing Walkers Association in conjunction with the Union County Coon Hunters Association just before the start of Tuesday’s games at the MLUC baseball field at the Timken Sports Complex.
Coon Hunters Association members Dennis Gardner, Steven Stone, Brian Gaston and Jerry Crawford presented the association’s $1,000 donation to League Executive Director Amy Austin and her fellow MLUC board members, Miracle League ball players and their buddies for the game, employees of Union Medical Center.
“We are incredibly grateful for what the Coon Hunters and Treeing Walkers Associations have done for our small community as a whole but to be the recipient of such a generous donation for our Association is more than we could have imagined,” Austin said. “It is simply a blessing to know that our mission to provide an opportunity for everyone is shared by so many others. We were delighted to have these gentlemen come enjoy our games and see what their donation means to the players and their families who thought they may never have had this opportunity.”
Austin said that the funds will go toward the construction of an all-inclusive playground at the Timken Sports Complex.
The Miracle League of Union County is a baseball league that gives children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. To provide them with further recreational opportunities, the League is in the process of raising funds for the all-inclusive playground will be designed to make play and recreation possible for everyone ranging from children with multiple sclerosis or autism to adults with physical disabilities either due to age or disease or, in the case of veterans, wounds.
Association member Steven Stone said that his group felt that donating to the Miracle League in support of the construction of the all-inclusive playground was a good way to give back to the community.
“You go out there and see the smiles on the those kid’s faces and the joy it brings to the children and their parents,” Stone said. “Then there’s the efforts of the Miracle League to get this playground built and we feel this is just a good way to give back to the community.”
The Union County Coon Hunters Association was instrumental in helping to bring the Southeastern Treeing Walkers Days event to Union County. The three-event attracts as many at 15,000 people to the community it is held in and Stone said this success helped inspire his group’s donation to the Miracle League.
“It really means a lot to us to see our community benefit from us bringing these hunts here,” Stone said.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.