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Thanks to J Pinder for the design!
As you know by now, Mattoid is taking on a VERY ambitious project; we’re going to try to build the FIRST Miracle Field, and start the First Miracle League in Los Angeles. It’s going to be a long process (probably a few years). I know a lot of you have never heard of The miracle League, so here’s a little breakdown as well as a video for one of our sister programs. You’ll be hearing a LOT more about this in the coming months as we start looking for a location and then raising the money to actually build the field. but don’t worry, The Miracle League Los Angeles will soon have it’s own Facebook page (which I KNOW you’ll ‘Like’). Anyway, here’s some more info.
What is the Miracle League? It’s Hope, Determination and a display of human spirit that is unequaled. And of course… there’s baseball!
There is something about playing the game that lights up a childs eyes. But for children facing serious physical and mental disabilities that opportunity can often be difficulty or impossible to achieve (baseball diamonds weren’t exactly designed with wheelchairs or crutches in mind).
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical challenges off the field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since one of the main barriers for these children arises from the natural grass fields used in conventional leagues, Miralce League temas play on a custom-designed, rubberized field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
But it’s about more than playing a game. The Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated like other kids. To help the athletes the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able bodies peer. The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Miracle League Association serves children and adults from any mental or physical disabilities that causes them to be excluded; whether intentionally or not, from conventional youth sports. According to the Census Bureau 6% of American children suffer from a physical or mental disability which impacts their life.
Currently there are more than 250 miracle leagues in 46 states serving more than 200,000 children.
Mattoid Entertainment is thrilled to announce our next feature project; in partnership with The Miracle League and the Los Angeles Parks and Rec Department, Mattoid and it’s partners will develop and build the FIRST Miracle Field in Los Angeles, CA.
In 1997 Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s coach Eddie Bagwell invited the first child with a disability to play baseball on his team; Michael a 7 year old child in a wheel chair attended every game and practice, while cheering on his 5 year old brother play America’s favorite pass-time. And in 1998, other children with disabilities were invited to play baseball on a typical baseball field within the baseball complex of the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association (RYBA). The players had expressed the desire to dress in uniforms, make plays in the field, and round the bases just like their main stream peers. The league began with 35 players on four teams that first year.
By the spring 1999 season, the league gained support and became a source of pride for all involved as participation grew to over 50 players. During that season, the magnitude of the need for such a program was recognized. It was learned that there are over 75,000 plus children in Metro Atlanta with disabilities, most not being able to participate in team sports. That is when the dream of building a unique baseball complex for these special children was conceived. The Miracle League was formed and became a reality that all children should have the chance to play baseball.
Under the leadership of Dean Alford, the Rotary Clubs of Rockdale County and Conyers stepped forward to form the Rotary Miracle League Fund, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 organization. The new organization had two objectives: (1) raise the funds necessary to build a special complex with facilities that meet the unique needs of the Miracle League players, and (2) assist in the outreach efforts for Miracle Leagues across the country. With the help of community volunteers and corporations, the design and construction of the first Miracle League complex was underway. The complex would include a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players. The design also included three grass fields, which could be converted to the synthetic rubber surface as the league grew. In addition, accessible restrooms, a concession stand, and picnic pavilion were included in the design
The first of its kind Miracle League Field broke ground on December 31, 1999 and The Miracle League complex was completed in April 2000. On opening day, the Miracle League rosters had grown to over 120 players. The players raced around the bases and chatted with their teammates in the dugouts as they celebrated. Nicholas Slade, a player who had been in a coma just a week before, threw out the first ball.
The publicity from these media events, coupled with positive word of mouth, raises awareness among the families of children with special needs and allows the Miracle League Association to take the program across the country.
Presently there are 250 Miracle League Organizations across the country including Puerto Rico, Canada and our newest member in Australia. The Miracle League is proud to serve over 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.
Our goal is to offer this program to every city in the country so children, young adults and adults alike with special needs around the globe will have this same opportunity to play baseball. The Miracle League believes;
Stay tuned for more info on the field and the accompanying film!
For more information on The Miracle League visit http://www.miracleleague.com
Mattoid Entertainment is thrilled to announce the release of it’s fourth feature film “Unsigned” through out new online partner Prescreen. “Unsigned” will be available exclusively through Prescreen for the next sixty days and then will move to our other platforms.
To view “Unsigned” directly through Prescreen click the poster below.
For more information on Prescreen visit
Mattoid Entertainment is in post production on it’s feature documentary “Sweet Dreams” which is a film about following your dreams, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem to others… and we need your help!
For the closing section of the film we want to do a montage from people all over the world, and all walks of life sharing a little dream they had that came true.
Want to be a part of this inspiring film?
Show us your little dream!
Make a video (no more than 30 seconds), telling us a little dream you had that came true.
Remember, this isn’t winning an Oscar, or walking on the moon, just something small that was meaningful to you, even though it may seem silly to others.
In the video be sure to state your name, where you are, what your dream was and when (as specifically as possible) it came true.
Have fun with it!
you can send your videos to;
Mattoid Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the one and only Leslie Hall will be joining the “Sweet Dreams” team and providing one of her original songs for the film. For more information on Leslie and her music click the picture link to be taken to her website.
Welcome to the team Leslie, we can’t wait to work with you!