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.

Win an Autographed Baseball by Nick Castellanos on July 26!

Big update on the big fundraiser at July 26th Buffalo Wild Wings and FroYo Nation for the Miracle League of Greater Flint!

To show their support for MLGF, Buffalo Wild Wings is donating a baseball autographed by Detroit Tiger Nick Castellanos. To participate in the drawing, you need to show up to Buffalo Wild Wings sometime between 5pm-9pm, and have your special flyer ready to show your server so that 15% of your bill is undated to MLGF. Once you do that, for $10, you can enter a drawing for the autographed ball. All proceeds from the drawing will benefit MLGf.

Please spread the word, invite friends, and come on out for a great night on July 26th!

FroYo Nation Joins MLGF July Fundraiser

A major league night of summer fun is getting bigger in Grand Blanc!

FroYo Nation is teaming up with the Miracle League of Greater Flint and Buffalo Wild Wings for a night of delicious food and frozen yogurt which will help to raise funds to bring a new Miracle League field to Mundy Township. At each eatery, a portion of the purchase of food will benefit the Miracle League of Greater Flint.

The fundraiser is taking place at both spots from 5pm to 9pm on Wednesday, July 26. At Buffalo Wild Wings, present a copy of the voucher above either printed or on your device. At FroYo Nation, simply stop in and make a purchase during that time.

So come have dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, and then save some room for dessert and head over to FroYo Nation to create your own unique frozen yogurt specialty.  If you can’t make it, you can always make a donation here. It’s a delicious, easy way to show support! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Yoga Fundraiser A Success!

Yogis at Prana Yoga Center in Grand Blanc welcomed summer with the yogic ritual of 108 sun salutations as they raised money for the Miracle League of Greater Flint (MLGF). The event was a huge success, raising approximately $535!

The tradition of completing 108 sun salutations is done throughout the world around the time of the summer solstice. Sun salutations are foundational to many forms of yoga.

This latest fundraiser moves MLGF closer to the goal of raising funds to break ground for a new Miracle League field in 2018. Many thanks to everyone who donated. Namaste!

GB Girls Varsity Soccer Scores for MLGF!

The super generous super stars of Grand Blanc High School’s varsity girls soccer team scored a big one for the future Miracle League field in Mundy Township. On Tuesday, June 6, the team held a bake sale for the Miracle League of Greater Flint at the Ryan Schlee Memorial 3v3 Soccer Tournament, which is a regional tournament to advance to the state semifinals.. Those treats raised approximately $300 for MLGF! Thanks to the team and the team effort of parents and volunteers who baked all the goodies that were sold. These athletes are looking out for future Miracle League athletes, and the effort is greatly appreciated!

 

 

Brian Caine: Person of the Week!

ABC 12 has named Miracle League of Greater Flint League Director Brian Caine as their person of the week! Check out the story of Brian’s work here.

The honor comes as Brian launches a major fundraising campaign to bring a Miracle League field to Mundy Township in Genesee County.

Let’s thank Brian for his good work by donating to make the field a reality! Go to GoFundMe now to support the Miracle League of Greater Flint!