Miracle League of Wilmington Honored with 2014 Group Achievement Award

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Miracle League of Wilmington recently won the 2014 Group Achievement Award from the Providers' Association, a North Carolina organization that provides group homes for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The league, which is a program of Accessible Coastal Carolina Events Sports and Services (ACCESS), the local non-profit that UNCW partners with to offer programs at the Miracle Field, was nominated for this award by Cape Fear Group Homes, an organization that also provides homes to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

"This award came as a surprise to us; we did not know that the Cape Fear Group Homes had nominated us," Dan Johnson, associate professor of recreation therapy and chair of ACCESS, said, "We have been blessed to work with many of their residents and have gotten to enjoy their improvement and excitement with Miracle League baseball."

The league is dedicated to providing children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play outside and be a part of a team through the Miracle Field, which features a rubberized turf surface and inlaid bases to allow accessibility for all people.

On May 17, UNCW Provost Denise Battles, Charles Hardy, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and Johnson signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing a formal relationship between UNCW and Coastal Carolina Events Sports and Services (ACCESS) of Wilmington.

This new partnership will allow UNCW to develop programs for students that will include volunteer work, service learning and community engagement.