MIRACLE LEAGUE

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

For more than 15 years, Pirates Chairman Bob Nutting and Pirates Charities has been proud to support Miracle League programs in the greater Pittsburgh region and Manatee County, Florida by providing athletes with unique abilities the opportunity to play the sport they love. Over the years, Pirates Charities has partnered with numerous Miracle League to increase accessibility for the game and allow every all-star to play. From helping leagues build their adaptive fields, to hosting uniquely-Pirates programing on these fields, to supporting opportunities for their athletes to grow off the field, Pirates Charities is honored to work in tandem with the amazing individuals who are dreaming big and working hard for every Miracle League player.

The Miracle League concept was developed in Conyers, GA in 2000 to help children with special needs play the game of baseball. Since 2008, Nutting has partners with nine community organizations across three states, to build custom-designed fields that feature cushioned, rubberized surfaces to help prevent injuries, accessible dugouts and completely flat surfaces (no raised bases or pitching mounds) to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.

The game itself is played in a unique way. Each player bats once each inning; all batters are "safe" and score a run before the inning is over. Games are two innings long and each team and each player always win. Today, there are more than 275 Miracle League organizations serving more than 200,000 participants across the world, including Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.

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