Second in the two event series on December 3rd has gone down in history for the Miracle League of Arkansas. It wasn't enough that we had pro baseball players in town from both the American and National Leagues, this year the game was stepped when Grant took the stage and sat in with the local dance band "Tragikly White". Grant has been a Miracle League player since our first season in fall of 2006. You know how it goes - you arrive at your ball games during the season and check out how everyone's week has gone. While sitting in the dugout in a conversation with Grant one Friday night we discovered he played the drums. One thing led to another which led to Grant bringing down the house at the annual fundraiser "Double Header". Pro players Cliff Lee, Dustin Moseley, Tommy Hunter, Scott Carroll, Dallas Keuchel, Drew Smyly, Lucas Harrell and Slade Heathcott listen in awe just as spectators of a great baseball game do when they take the field. Grant shared with everyone some amazing talent.
The evening didn't stop there. We also learned that Alex is quite the artist. Her medium is acrylic on canvas which might seem a little unlikely. Alex is an 11 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy who loves to go fast around the Miracle League bases in her toxic green wheelchair. She also loves to paint, dance, sing in the church choir and hang out with her friends.
Easter Seals Artistic Realization Technologies Program (A.R.T.) offers artists the opportunity to create original paintings. The process was developed by Tim Lefens, a New Jersey artist, so children and adults with disabilities could express their artistic abilities. Artists, such as Alex, work with a "tracker" via a laser or point system. The "trackers" are volunteers who become the hands and arms of the artist by taking directives from them to create the beautiful art.
These multi-talented players in our league proved once again why we say, Miracle League ... it's more than baseball!