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Miracle League baseball off and running

DEL MAR — The Miracle League of San Diego, which provides children with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to play team baseball in an organized league, will kick off its fall season with a Fan Fest celebration Sept. 26. More than 145 children with disabilities, along with their families, friends and fans are expected to participate in the event, which will be highlighted by the MLSD’s Home Run Derby Fundraiser – Dialing Long Distance for Miracle League.
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at Engel Family Field at San Dieguito County Park in Del Mar. Free ballpark food and beverages will be available through the generous donation of culinary support from Saint Vincent De Paul.
“This is the Miracle League’s sixth season in the past three years and we couldn’t be more proud of these amazing children and their families,” said Dan Engel, founder and president of the board of directors. “We’re asking the local community to get involved by coming to Fan Fest and participating in the Home Run Derby Fundraiser. It’s a fun and easy way to shows our players the support they need and deserve.”
In the home run derby, Miracle League sluggers, coaches, family, friends and fans will compete in seven divisions to “dial long distance for Miracle League” and earn long-ball bragging rights. The registration fee is $20, with all proceeds benefiting the MLSD. Participants are encouraged to obtain sponsors to pledge donations for each home run hit to maximize fundraising.
Participants can register online and additional sponsorship opportunities can be found at
The fall 2009 MLSD season runs every Saturday through Nov. 21 and is made possible only by the help of volunteers. Volunteers are still needed for a variety of positions.
MLSD provides children with mental or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league believing that “every child deserves a chance to play baseball.”
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