Ready for Spaghetti!

Come out and eat a big plate of spaghetti to help the Miracle League of Greater Flint!

The Knights of Columbus are the dynamic folks behind this latest fundraiser which will help bring an official Miracle League baseball field for people of all abilities to Genesee County.

The community carbo-load is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at the Father Bush Parish Center at Holy Family Church in Grand Blanc. The first dinner is at 5pm and the second dinner takes place at 6pm. Buy your tickets for one of those times by clicking here.

Proceeds from the dinner will go toward building the field in the new Hill Road Park located behind Assenmacher’s Cycling Center and the Home Depot off Hill Road in Mundy Township.

 

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Get a Grand Slam at Hoffman’s Deco Deli & Cafe and help MLGF!

One of Flint’s great local businesses, Hoffman’s Deco Deli and Cafe, has created a sandwich to help raise funds for the Miracle League of Greater Flint.

Dubbed The Grand Slam, the sandwich is a colossal combination of Grilled Chicken, Crispy Bacon, Swiss, Tiger Sauce (sweet/hot chili sauce), Grilled Pineapple, Red Onion, Leaf Lettuce and Grilled on a Pretzel Bun. It is an amazing bite!

Proceeds from the sale of every sandwich will benefit MLGF and the efforts to build a Miracle League Field in Mundy Township for children of all abilities. The new field will be located in the new Hill Road Park behind Assenmacher’s Cycle Center and the Home Depot on Hill Road near U.S. 23.

GB Turkey Trot Supports MLGF!

The Grand Blanc Running Peeps presented a check to MLGF League Director Brian Caine for the new Miracle League Field.

Thanksgiving came early for the Miracle League of Greater Flint!

The charity is grateful for the $2,500 donation it received this week from the Grand Blanc Running Peeps. The group holds an annual race every year on Thanksgiving, and proceeds from the race go to local charities. This year, MLGF was selected as a recipient!

The group is looking for both participants and volunteers for this year’s race which takes place 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 23. The race begins at Leo’s Coney Island in Grand Blanc. For details on the fun and how you can help, click here to learn more.

Thanks Grand Blanc Running Peeps for moving us closer to creating a Miracle League field in Genesee County!

 

Harvesting Success!

The yoga fundraiser at Spicer Orchards on October 20th was a joyful success!

Nearly $200 was raised for the Miracle League of Greater Flint. Yogis came out for a beautiful sunset practice in the apple orchard. Yoga teacher Amy Cross of Prana Yoga Center in Grand Blanc led the group through a series of gentle poses and stretches. Live music was provided by the talented Gloria who shared her piano skills and voice with the group. And at the end, cider and donuts of course!

All of the community support that has rallied behind the goal of bringing a new Miracle League field to Genesee County is remarkable. These efforts are appreciated as we move closer to our goal!

Yoga Fundraiser at Spicer Orchards!

Spicer Orchards will host a Miracle League of Greater Flint Yoga Fundraiser on October 20.

Come on out for the optimal October fundraiser on October 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Spicer Orchards!

Yogis will be gathering from around southeastern Michigan to raise money for the Miracle League of Greater Flint at this one-of-a-kind event. You don’t need to have any yoga experience at all–just bring a mat and be guided through a gentle practice by certified yoga teach Amy Cross of Prana Yoga Center in Grand Blanc. Live music will accompany the practice. And afterwards, free cider and donuts to all participants!

A minimum $10 donation is suggested.  All proceeds will benefit the proposed Miracle League field in Mundy Township in the park that is being created just off Hill Road behind Assenmacher’s Cycling Center and the Home Depot.

For more information, contact the Miracle League of Greater Flint at 810-956-3149.

Public Speaks Out at MLGF Town Hall

Local residents, teachers, and rehabilitation experts came together on Wednesday, September 27 at the first Miracle League of Greater Flint (MLGF) Town Hall meeting at Genesys Banquet and Conference Center in Grand Blanc. The purpose of the meeting was to listen to community stakeholders about their ideas for the proposed Miracle League field.

MLGF Board members Brian Caine, Kay Doerr, Sophia Bong, and Jen Hogan listened as people made suggestions for ways that the field and the park could be built to be fully accessible for all people. Ideas ranged from increasing parking space sizes to make room for vans with ramps for wheelchairs access, to providing charging stations for people who need to charge oxygen tanks. One attendee suggested private restrooms so those who need space and privacy to fully lay down can have the type of facility that they need.

Doerr also announced to the crowd that Mundy Township is awaiting word from the Department of Natural Resources on a grant that would provide funding for the installation of a new entrance to the proposed park.

The Miracle League field is part of a larger future park plan that will be built in Mundy Township on Hill Road near Assenmacher’s Cycling Center and the Home Depot.

MLGF Town Hall Meeting on 9/27

You have the opportunity to join the conversation about the future Miracle League of Greater Flint sports field in Mundy Township.

On September 27 from 5:00 – 7:00p.m., MLGF will host a Town Hall Meeting at Genesys Banquet and Conference Center. Planners and architects will be present to hear from the community about how the field should be built. Topics to be covered include everything from accessible parking, to the types of materials that need to be used on the field to make it useful for people of all abilities. This is your chance to listen, share your thoughts, and hear the latest on the planning for the new field and park.

The public is welcome. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Happy National Nonprofit Day!

August 17 is National Nonprofit Day. The Miracle League of Greater Flint became a nonprofit organization earlier this year. Nonprofits are essential for helping to bring about positive changes communities, and we are proud of our status and grateful for all the support we receive.

Take a moment today to honor your favorite nonprofit by making a donation or volunteering with that organization. Nonprofits need you!

Jim Abbott Shares Message of Support for MLGF!

Legendary Major League Baseball Player and Flint native Jim Abbott came out swinging today for the Miracle League of Greater Flint!

Read the press release here:

Mundy Township, MI, (July 24, 2017) – The Miracle League of Greater Flint (MLGF) is proud to share a message of support from Flint native and baseball legend Jim Abbott about the initiative to build a new Miracle League field in Mundy Township. The new field will be the first step in developing a new park on Hill Road near U.S. 23 in the township.

“I would like to congratulate and wish the best of luck to Brian Caine and all of those involved in bringing a new Miracle League Facility to Genesee County,” stated Abbott in an email to MLGF League Director Brian Caine. “Having witnessed Miracle League Field games and ceremonies around the country, I am thrilled to hear that these opportunities will soon be available to aspiring baseball players of every ability in the Flint area.”

Jim Abbott was born in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He went on to the University of Michigan where he was an All-America hurler, and then won the prestigious Sullivan Award in 1987. Abbott was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988. As part of his storied career, he threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland on September 4, 1993. Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

In his post-baseball career, Abbott has worked with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. Today, in addition to often being a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is also a motivational speaker.

In his message to Caine, Abbott wrote:

“Growing up in Flint, I benefitted immensely from the encouragement and generous support of so many parents, teachers, coaches and mentors who allowed me to believe that I might be able to not only participate, but find success and confidence on the playing field. There is no doubt future generations of ballplayers will look back on their memories of this new Miracle League Field with similar fondness and gratitude. To all the organizers, contributors, volunteers and mostly to the future players who have worked to make this project possible… Congratulations, and Play Ball!”

The new Miracle League Field will be the first project for the Hill Road park, with a groundbreaking for the new field tentatively planned for 2018. Work has begun on raising funds for the Hill Road recreation area. A capital campaign to fund the new field and operations is underway. Anyone interested in donating to the project can visit the MLGF GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/miracleleagueofgreaterflint-com.