NHRMC CEO John Gizdic joined NHRMC employees Cathy Wright and Cori Dixon to throw out the first pitch Saturday, March 3 as the Miracle League of Wilmington held its Opening Day.
Miracle League is an accessible baseball league that enables children and adults with disabilities to enjoy America’s pastime. The games are played on a field specially designed to eliminate barriers for anyone who wants to compete.
The NHRMC Rehabilitation Team has sponsored a team, the A’s, since the league’s inception. Saturday marked the opening of the 10th season of the Miracle League.
“What a great event and a great cause,” Gizdic said. “I’m so proud of our team and the work they do every day within our organization and out in the community.”
In a social media message, Miracle League thanked everyone who participated in Opening Day. The organization also released some statistics: 352 home runs, 450 fans, 64 buddies, 177 all-stars and endless joy, inclusion and smiles!
Cori Dixon, Security Business Analyst at NHRMC, coaches the A’s. Cori has also been selected as one of the coaches at the Special Olympics USA Games in July in Seattle.
“When you work with these athletes, the little stuff we deal with every day seems so minor,” Dixon said. “Every time you come you come to the field, everybody is smiling and happy to be there. For many of these athletes, it’s their first chance to be part of a team.”
Jen Butler, Personal Trainer at the Employee Fitness Center, is helping coach the A’s this year, and will run the team with her husband when Dixon is out of town.
Other staff who are very involved with the Miracle League are Sarah Bentley, Recreation Therapist; Barbara Walker, CRRN; Kathie Johnson, Clinical Informaticist; Julie Cormany, Occupational Therapist.
The Community Outreach Council for Rehab Services spearheads the fundraising for the Miracle League. Members include: Becky McGhee, Marc Lozier, Brandy Powers, Morgan Heffernan, Alison Mattox, Mary Barwick, Paula Garris, Patrick Lockamy, Matt Morgan, Becca Choubah, Blair Bergquist, Corrine Lavoie, Ashley Gelardi, Iris Baker, and Cathy Wright.
Look for volunteer opportunities from our Mission Corps in the coming weeks, or sign up at ACCESS of Wilmington’s volunteer page.