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THIS SPORT ACCESSIBLE NOTORIETY FOR MAKING
THIS SPORT ACCESSIBLE
FOR KIDS WHO OTHERWISE THIS SPORT ACCESSIBLE FOR KIDS WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE TO WATCH FOR KIDS WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE TO WATCH FROM THE SIDELINES. MIGHT HAVE TO WATCH FROM THE SIDELINES. THIS MAY BE THE BEST FROM THE SIDELINES. THIS MAY BE THE BEST PLAY AT THE PLATE THIS MAY BE THE BEST PLAY AT THE PLATE YOULL EVER SEE. PLAY AT THE PLATE YOULL EVER SEE.>>I WANT TO BE ON A YOULL EVER SEE.>>I WANT TO BE ON A TEAM BECAUSE IT JUST>>I WANT TO BE ON A TEAM BECAUSE IT JUST FEELS GOOD. TEAM BECAUSE IT JUST FEELS GOOD.>>I LIKE RUNNING THE FEELS GOOD.>>I LIKE RUNNING THE BASES, HITTING THE>>I LIKE RUNNING THE BASES, HITTING THE BALL, AND PLAYING IN BASES, HITTING THE BALL, AND PLAYING IN THE OUTFIELD. BALL, AND PLAYING IN THE OUTFIELD.>>THE MIRACLE LEAGUE THE OUTFIELD.>>THE MIRACLE LEAGUE GIVES EVERYONE AN>>THE MIRACLE LEAGUE GIVES EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVES EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE GAME. EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF THE GAME. LIKE 7-YEAR-OLD TWINS THE GAME. LIKE 7-YEAR-OLD TWINS GRACEN AND LEYLAND LIKE 7-YEAR-OLD TWINS GRACEN AND LEYLAND THOMPSON WHO BOTH HAVE GRACEN AND LEYLAND THOMPSON WHO BOTH HAVE AUTISM THOMPSON WHO BOTH HAVE AUTISM AUTISM. AUTISM AUTISM. THEIR MOM CARA DRIVES AUTISM. THEIR MOM CARA DRIVES AN HOUR EVERY SATURDAY THEIR MOM CARA DRIVES AN HOUR EVERY SATURDAY SO THEY CAN PLAY FOR AN HOUR EVERY SATURDAY SO THEY CAN PLAY FOR THE GRASSHOPPERS. SO THEY CAN PLAY FOR THE GRASSHOPPERS.>>THEY CAN COME HERE THE GRASSHOPPERS.>>THEY CAN COME HERE AND BE COMPLETELY>>THEY CAN COME HERE AND BE COMPLETELY THEMSELVES AND THEY AND BE COMPLETELY THEMSELVES AND THEY ARE ACRE CEMENTEDSEMT ACCEPTED THEMSELVES AND THEY ARE ACRE CEMENTEDSEMT ACCEPTED THEY ARE AND NOBODY IS ARE ACRE CEMENTEDSEMT ACCEPTED THEY ARE AND NOBODY IS JUDGING THEM. THEY ARE AND NOBODY IS JUDGING THEM.>>INSTEAD, THEY ARE JUDGING THEM.>>INSTEAD, THEY ARE CELEBRATED AND>>INSTEAD, THEY ARE CELEBRATED AND SUPPORTED. CELEBRATED AND SUPPORTED. CHOOER SUPPORTED. CHOOER [ CHEERS ] CHOOER [ CHEERS ]>>EACH KID IS PAIRED [ CHEERS ]>>EACH KID IS PAIRED UP WITH A BUDDY AND>>EACH KID IS PAIRED UP WITH A BUDDY AND THE GAMES ARE PLAYED UP WITH A BUDDY AND THE GAMES ARE PLAYED ON A RUBBERIZED FIELD THE GAMES ARE PLAYED ON A RUBBERIZED FIELD FOR KIDS IN ON A RUBBERIZED FIELD FOR KIDS IN WHEELCHAIRS. FOR KIDS IN WHEELCHAIRS. NATIONWIDE, THERE ARE WHEELCHAIRS. NATIONWIDE, THERE ARE 300 MIRACLE LEAGUES. NATIONWIDE, THERE ARE 300 MIRACLE LEAGUES. IN RALEIGH ALONE, THIS 300 MIRACLE LEAGUES. IN RALEIGH ALONE, THIS ARE 38 TEAMS, 500 IN RALEIGH ALONE, THIS ARE 38 TEAMS, 500 PLAYERS AND 1,000 ARE 38 TEAMS, 500 PLAYERS AND 1,000 VOLUNTEERS. PLAYERS AND 1,000 VOLUNTEERS. DEMAND SO HIGH, THEY VOLUNTEERS. DEMAND SO HIGH, THEY RAISED $1.5 MILLION TO DEMAND SO HIGH, THEY RAISED $1.5 MILLION TO BUILD A THIRD STATE OF RAISED $1.5 MILLION TO BUILD A THIRD STATE OF THE ART FIELD IN BUILD A THIRD STATE OF THE ART FIELD IN DURHAM. THE ART FIELD IN DURHAM. BENGIE CAPS FIRST GOT DURHAM. BENGIE CAPS FIRST GOT INVOLVED MORE THAN A BENGIE CAPS FIRST GOT INVOLVED MORE THAN A DECADE AGO. INVOLVED MORE THAN A DECADE AGO. WHEN HE SIGNED UP HIS DECADE AGO. WHEN HE SIGNED UP HIS SON MICAH WHO HAS WHEN HE SIGNED UP HIS SON MICAH WHO HAS CEREBRAL PALSY, HE WAS SON MICAH WHO HAS CEREBRAL PALSY, HE WAS SKEPTICAL AT FIRST. CEREBRAL PALSY, HE WAS SKEPTICAL AT FIRST.>>PLAYED BASEBALL MY SKEPTICAL AT FIRST.>>PLAYED BASEBALL MY WHOLE LIFE, DIDNT>>PLAYED BASEBALL MY WHOLE LIFE, DIDNT REALLY SEE HOW THIS WHOLE LIFE, DIDNT REALLY SEE HOW THIS WOULD BE ANY FUN. REALLY SEE HOW THIS WOULD BE ANY FUN.>>HE NOW RUNS THE WOULD BE ANY FUN.>>HE NOW RUNS THE LEAGUE.>>HE NOW RUNS THE LEAGUE.>>THE SMILES ON THEIR LEAGUE.>>THE SMILES ON THEIR FACE AND THE JOY THEY>>THE SMILES ON THEIR FACE AND THE JOY THEY HAVE, THATS OUR GOAL. FACE AND THE JOY THEY HAVE, THATS OUR GOAL. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE HAVE, THATS OUR GOAL. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GOOD TIME. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A GOOD TIME.>>GAME TIME IS THE THEY HAVE A GOOD TIME.>>GAME TIME IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF KELTON.>>GAME TIME IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF KELTON. WHEN HES PLAYING, HIGHLIGHT OF KELTON. WHEN HES PLAYING, HES FOCUSED ON ONE WHEN HES PLAYING, HES FOCUSED ON ONE THING. HES FOCUSED ON ONE THING.>>MAKING MY FAMILY THING.>>MAKING MY FAMILY PROUD.

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