Miracle League Creates Community for All
Miracle League is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to building accessible facilities that allow children with mental and physical disabilities to play the game of baseball. It’s also about making new friends and building self-esteem. To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system that pairs each player with an able-bodied peer. To ensure children with various abilities can all play without injury, Miracle League fields are smooth enough for a wheelchair to navigate and soft enough to cushion players against a fall.
Building the specialized facilities required for Miracle League baseball takes true community effort. The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields were no exception, bringing together the support of citizens and businesses in Fairfield and the greater Cincinnati community, including Ameritas. The League is a tribute to Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Hall of Famer and Reds broadcaster, Joe Nuxhall. Construction of the fields began while he was still living and were finished with the leadership of his son, Kim Nuxhall, and many others. Today, hundreds of families enjoy the opportunities the fields give their children.
“These kids could never think about playing a game of baseball, and we make them feel like a major-leaguer,” said Kim Nuxhall, volunteer CEO and son of Joe Nuxhall. “It’s beyond baseball. It’s a place where they can come and feel important.”
Ameritas remains committed to growing and supporting the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields by sponsoring their annual fundraiser, Nuxy Bash. Athletes, athlete-buddies, families, businesses and local celebrities all come together to support and contribute to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.
“I come and see dad looking over the fields every day, and my gosh how proud he would be of his community,” said Kim.
This story is just one of the reasons Ameritas is proud to be in the business of fulfilling life, and proud to support the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.