Oct. 24, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Having partnered with Miracle Sports throughout the fall, several Florida State University baseball and softball student-athletes will culminate the season by participating in the Miracle Sports Seminole Showdown this Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. at Miracle Field in the James Messer Sports Complex.
The event will feature several current FSU baseball and softball student-athletes who will play baseball against members of Miracle Sports of Tallahassee, which is a program of the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association. The non-profit agency “enriches lives through accessible inclusive recreation and active leisure for all.” The Miracle Sports participants include both kids and adults.
Since Sept. 8, FSU’s baseball and softball student-athletes have been visiting Messer Park every Thursday evening from 6-10 p.m. to play with and against the players of Miracle Sports in what has been a rewarding experience for everyone involved. While the Miracle Sports participants enjoy the competitiveness of the weekly event, both sides have developed many friendships over the weeks as FSU’s student-athletes have given much of their time toward making a difference in the lives of their opponents.
Those who attend Thursday night’s event, which will feature either one two-hour game or will be broken up into separate games, can help fund the Miracle Sports of Tallahassee program by eating at the park. All concession proceeds, which include hamburgers and hot dogs, will go toward ensuring the future of the life-changing program.
Thursday night’s contest will be simulated like an actual game, involving rosters, lineup cards and even an autograph session at the end of the game by various Seminole softball and baseball student-athletes.
“We always take great pride when we can go out there and be the heroes for these kids,” FSU senior outfielder James Ramsey said. “But to be honest, they are the motivation for us. We come to the ball field and practice hard for a couple hours and we think that is really tough. But these kids and adults have to go about their days with so many challenges. The parents and families are all affected by it and it really just shows us to not take anything for granted and to live each day to its fullest.”
“It has been so rewarding for our team to play week in and week out against the Miracle Sports players and see how much fun they can truly have,” FSU softball head coach Lonni Alameda said. “Our team has gotten so much out of playing with and against these players and has relished the experience of making them happy and seeing them smile. This Thursday night should be a wonderful cap to what has been an enjoyable season of partnering with Miracle Sports.”
More information on the Miracle Sports program can be found by logging on to THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE.