NHS volunteers help expand baseball access

Emily Brandt – Mustangs Ahead

nhs logo(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Saturday, the LRHS National Honor Society (NHS) had a successful volunteer event at Miracle League for the second time this year.

At the event, the nine NHS members who volunteered worked with special needs adults and assisted them while they played a game of baseball.

The Miracle League Organization provides an opportunity for differently abled children and adults in the Manatee and Sarasota Counties to compete in a friendly game of baseball. The games are played on a first class, synthetically- surfaced baseball field built especially for the Miracle League.

At every Miracle League event six separate games are played with different teams from the league. Each game lasts two innings in order to keep the attention of the players.

The volunteers at this event are called buddies and during the games each buddy is paired up with a player. While the players only compete in one game per day, the buddies could potentially be paired up each game depending on how many volunteers are in attendance.

LRHS NHS public relations officer senior Andrea McPhearson, is in attendance every other Saturday when Miracle League takes place. McPhearson oversees the NHS members who volunteer for this event.

“Miracle League is always a blast and brings a lot of joy to its participants. In the future I hope to have more NHS members in attendance as it is a great way to get in the required hours while also having a good time,” exclaimed McPhearson.

NHS members are not the only LRHS students who can volunteer at this event. Any student needing community service hours and is interested in the event can sign up on Miracle League website.

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