Greyhounds Team Up with Miracle League
During the past two Saturdays, members of the Moravian College baseball team have hit the diamond with a purpose beyond just a game. Teaming with the Miracle League of Northampton County, the Greyhounds shared their baseball expertise with children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
As senior pitcher Robert Solano noted, this opportunity had an unexpected outcome more valuable than a single victory. “I went there expecting to help out some kids, but I left feeling that they helped me out more and gave me a different perspective,” said the righthander.
Moravian Head Coach Paul Engelhardt knew that taking his squad to the Miracle League Field at the Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township was ideal for a group that was eager to give back to the community, with an added bonus that the activity related to baseball.
"Sometimes we forget how fortunate we are to be healthy and in a college setting," said Engelhardt. "I am hopeful that our Moravian baseball players learned valuable lessons about what is important, and how just a little thing like giving time, can mean so much for these young kids who just want to be involved and play a game.
Senior pitcher Tommy Mariano explained he couldn’t help but notice how “grateful” the kids were to be on the field and be active. Added senior pitcher Jason Jamula, "I think the day was really special as we got to see how fortunate we are, but at the same time see the kids just enjoying baseball and having fun, not caring about results or outcome.” Jamula believes his team learned to “appreciate the game more from our day with them.”
Junior outfielder Justin Pilchman seconded Jamula thoughts. "Being able to see people less fortunate than myself enjoy such a loveable game gave me a better perspective on life as a whole,” he concluded.
What Engelhardt will remember from the experience are the smiles he saw not only from the Miracle League participants, but his own players. “My players never cease to amaze me at how fortunate I am to have such great kids involved with our Moravian Baseball program, and our Moravian College community.”
To view photographs from the baseball team’s trip to the Miracle League, click here.
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