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About MLMC

Community

Since the Miracle League of Mercer County began in 2005, we have served more than 200 individuals with disabilities and involved more than 1,000 volunteers from throughout Mercer County and its surrounding areas.

Involvement

The Miracle League relies on the generous support of sponsors and donors to build a positive, inclusive environment that serves children with disabilities as well as everyone in the community.

Rewarding

Buddies (Angels in the Outfield) are paired with one player for the entire season and often develop a very special, rewarding relationship.

Established September 2005

For 15 years, the Miracle League of Mercer County has served the greater central New Jersey region - Mercer, Burlington, Ocean, Monmouth, Hunterdon, & Middlesex Counties - and Bucks County, PA in providing fully inclusive baseball programs to individuals with special needs. We now provide unique, fun experiences for our athletes 12 months per year.
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With our league continuing to grow each year – now serving over 100 participants each year – we rely on the dedication from an amazing group of people that are responsible for not only our day-to-day operations, but also our major events, Trenton Thunder visits, and fundraisers.

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MLMC STAFF

With our league continuing to grow each year – now serving over 100 participants each year – we rely on the dedication from an amazing group of people that are responsible for not only our day-to-day operations, but also our major events, Trenton Thunder visits, and fundraisers.  Our Senior Volunteer Team:

Andy Santoro 

Andy “The Voice” provides the energy to the Miracle League, with his passionate play-by-play commentary and nicknames for every single player.  He also works directly with the rest of the committee to make sure each player is assigned a buddy prior to the start of each game.  Andy has also contributed significantly to the Hamilton Area YMCA Special Kids Organized Recreation Program, Special Olympics New Jersey, and was involved with the 2014 Special Olympics National Games.  He is an avid New York Mets fan.

Lindsey Perry

Lindsey is known as “The Heart” of the Miracle League.  She develops relationships with each player and family, and uses her knowledge of the players to help assign our buddies.  Lindsey provides development and guidance to new volunteers, and also doubles as a team manager when needed.  When not with the Miracle League, Lindsey works for Mercer County Special Services School District and is a Program Coordinator for the Hamilton Area YMCA BASE program.  Lindsey is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Jenn McVicker

For the last five years, Jenn has dedicated her free time to assuring each player’s experience is a fun and memorable one.  Most importantly, Jenn is “the organizer” of the committee.  She makes sure everyone – including Dan – stays on task with their responsibilities.  Jenn started at the Hamilton Area YMCA BASE program as a site assistant, working her way up to the position of Site Director.  She received her degree in Special Education from East Carolina University in May 2020.

Amanda Bendorf 

Amanda works with the rest of the committee to coordinate volunteer assignments for each game.  She also is responsible for new volunteer and player recruitment.  Like Lindsey, Amanda also doubles as a team manager.  Amanda has long supported the Special Kids Organized Recreation program and Special Olympics New Jersey.  She completed her BA from Rowan University, and is currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education from Rider University.

Tim Larkin

Tim is known as “the ace” of the league.  He is the primary pitcher for all of our league participants, having taken the time to learn where to pitch each player.  Tim also doubles as a buddy and a team coach when needed.

Gia Graham 

On top of working with the rest of the committee on player engagement, day-to-day operations, and special events, Gia is also our social media specialist.  She takes the fun video and pictures that we share digitally, as we continue to grow our online audience.  Gia worked for the Hamilton Area YMCA BASE program as a Site Director until January 2020, and received her degree in Education from Rider University in May 2020.

Taylor Roberts

Taylor does a little bit of everything; as a buddy, a pitcher, a coach, and a special event coordinator.  Taylor also helps assure that our field and facility remains in good working condition, whether that be through repairs or new development projects.  In June 2019, Taylor oversaw the plan for a newly designed and 100% donated storage shed.

Jasmine Harris

Jasmine joined our Miracle League family in 2019. She currently works for the Hamilton Area YMCA BASE program, and is in the process of completing her certification to become a yoga instructor. “Coach Jazz” likes giraffes, ice cream, waffles, and movies. She enjoys helping others and having a great time with friends and family! 

Lauren McCarthy

Lauren is the newest (and youngest) member to join the Committee. Her primary role as a Junior Committee member is to serve as a liaison to the local high schools and teen groups for volunteerism and fundraising opportunities.  In 2020, she completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project, creating the new Welcome sign at the Miracle Field.

Benefits of Participation

Players – Miracle League athletes get to experience being part of a team, supporting each other and developing positive, encouraging relationships. Their success on the baseball field translates into improved self-esteem and confidence while developing their physical and social skills.

Families – The family members of our players can have an opportunity to relax, watch, support and celebrate their children’s success on the field while developing lasting friendships with other members of the Miracle League community.

Coaches – Volunteer coaches provide support and encouragement to all players and buddies and get to experience first-hand the positive impact that Miracle League has on the lives of all those involved.

Buddies (Angels in the Outfield) – Volunteer buddies experience first-hand what it means to give back to the community and experience a true inclusive environment as they support and encourage their players and team.

Sponsors and Supporters – The Miracle League relies on the generous support of sponsors and donors to build a positive, inclusive environment that serves children with disabilities as well as everyone in the community. As you can see, the Miracle League is not just about baseball, it’s about hundreds of dedicated players, parents, coaches, buddies, volunteers, and sponsors coming together to support, encourage and inspire each other. It’s what happens when everyone is included and diversity is embraced.

JOIN OUR TEAM

The Miracle League of Mercer County relies on our amazing volunteers to help us deliver a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for our athletes. Volunteering with Miracle League is a great way to gain experience working with individuals with disabilities and to give back to the community.

There are a number of volunteer opportunities available – we hope you’ll join us!

Whether you are an individual or group, volunteering for our Fall 2021 season, it is a simple, two-step process.  Scroll below to review all of the volunteer opportunities before registering.  Anyone with questions should contact Dan Sczweck, Executive Director, via E-mail.

  1. Complete the ML Volunteer Registration Google Form.

2. Select your available dates using SignUpGenuis.

FAQs

Find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. If you need more information or have additional questions, please contact us.

The Miracle League of Mercer County is a non-profit organization that provides children with special needs an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league at a specially designed adaptive field.

Find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. If you need more information or have additional questions, please contact us.

What if we cannot attend one of our scheduled games?

Come when you can!  Attendance is voluntary and there may be an occasion when you have to miss a game. Players and volunteers are asked to notify the Executive Director at least 24 hours prior to the game if unable to attend.  The goal of MLMC is to provide as many opportunities to our athletes as possible.

Are there team practices between games?

No.

Do I need to bring anything?

No. On Opening Day every player will receive a team jersey and cap that is to be worn during games. Players are welcome to bring baseball gloves, but the league provides equipment for team use. Players can wear any shoes except cleats, which are not allowed on the field. A concession stand is located next to the field that serves hot dogs, soft pretzels, soda, water and a variety of other snacks.

How are the games played? How long is a game?

Each game lasts one-hour, but participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the game and check in with their coach. Games are non-competitive in nature, with every player batting, rounding the bases and scoring each inning. Volunteers are assigned to each player to assist and provide encouragement throughout the game, both in and out of the dugout. The score is always tied at the end of the game. The focus is on participation and inclusion rather than on winning. The teams will have 8 – 12 players.

How can I volunteer?

Visit the Volunteer section of our website or contact the Executive Director to learn more about volunteer opportunities and registration.

How do the volunteers help?

Each player will have a volunteer, if needed, to assist them at each game. Volunteers must register before the season and are assigned to players one-on-one prior to the start of the game. The volunteer is asked to protect the player from hard hit balls, assist the player in batting and rounding the bases, and to be a friend on and off the field. The siblings, parents, relatives, and friends of players can be their volunteer if they choose.

Where can I register to play?

Registering to play for MLMC is done online via MyEzReg. You can use this link to create a family account if you are a first time registrant.  Once your account is created, and your username and password is set, you can sign back in to register for each season. 

The registration period for players, volunteers, and coaches starts about three months before the start of a season and ends about one month before the start of a season.

Are there registration fees?

Yes. The registration fee is $35.00 per season.

What can I expect after I register?

Once teams are formed and assignments are made, team participants will be contacted via email with more detailed information, usually about two weeks before opening day. Team schedules and team rosters are available on our website or at the field during the season.

Do I have to live in Mercer County to be eligible to participate?

No. The Miracle League of Mercer County currently serves participants living in Mercer, Burlington, Monmouth, Ocean, Hunterdon, and Middlesex Counties in New Jersey, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania.

My child has never played baseball or any other sport. Can he or she participate in this league?

Absolutely! Girls and boys as young as 5 years of age are eligible to participate in the Miracle League of Mercer County regardless of his or her level of ability or experience. 

Where will the games be played and when?

All games are played on The Miracle Field located at 185 Sawmill Road in Hamilton. League games typically take place on Saturdays, with the first game starting at 10:00; and weeknights (Wednesdays/Thursdays) starting at 6:15 p.m.

Spring Season games are played from April to June and Fall Season games are played from September to October.

We also now provide summer and winter development programs.  For information on when these clinics run, please contact miracleleaguemercer@gmail.com

What is The Miracle League Field?

The Miracle League Field is the first ADA accessible ball field of its kind in New Jersey. The field surface is a flat synthetic turf that ensures that children with special needs can safely play ball. The bases are painted on the turf thereby providing a barrier free surface.

 Is there parking at the field?

Accessible parking is available at the field. The parking area is designed with a circular loop for convenient player drop-off & pick-up.

Our Sponsors

Field Sponsor

PNC Bank

Pavilion Sponsor

Hamilton Township Career Firefighters 

Dugout Sponsors

Trenton Thunder

On Deck Sponsors

The Holland Family

Scoreboard Sponsors

R.W.J. University Hospital at Hamilton
Children’s Specialized Hospital

Facebook Live Presenting Sponsor

Prior/Nami Business Solutions

Angel in the Outfield Field Sponsors – 4′ x 4′ Sign

Taco Bell
Hopewell Valley Community Bank
Richardson Commercial
Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman
Rue Insurance
First Choice Bank
Smoothie King of Hamilton

Team Sponsors

Nottingham Insurance
Taco Bell
Selective Insurance
P&A Management
V.J. Scozzari & Son’s
Pellettieri, Rabstein & Altman
Brother’s Pizza on Rt. 33
Hamilton Township Police Department

Angel in the Outfield Field Sponsors – 8′ x 4′ Sign

Rotary Club of Robbinsville/Hamilton Twps.
Hamilton Area YMCA
Nottingham Insurance
Doerler Landscapes
V.J. Scozzari & Sons
Sharbell Development
Princeton Junction Engineering
A&S Auto
Berkshire Bank
P&A Management 
Lifetree Community Church 
Bank of America