The U.S. Census Bureau states that in 2010, about 2.8 million children had a disability in the U.S. In 2006, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities established that children with “long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments” should enjoy the same human rights and freedoms as other children.
As families know, it’s not always easy to attain that goal. According to a 2001 report, in nearly all sports, participation for young disabled people was lower than for the overall population of young people. Lack of money, health status, and unsuitability of sports facilities were cited as the main barriers to participation.
Yet sports are great for kids, disabled or not. They help build confidence and teach social skills like turn-taking, cooperation, waiting, and good sportsmanship. To help bring these benefits to disabled kids in the Pittsburgh area is the goal of The Miracle League of the South Hills.
“Their mission is to enrich the community through compassion, love, and baseball,” says Chaffin Luhana team member and Associate Eric Rudel. The organization also hopes to foster peer relationships through player and “buddy” interactions, to help disabled kids and adults to make more friends and feel more accepted. The games take place at the Miracle League Field on Mayview Road in Pittsburgh, which is near the “Clubhouse Playground,” an inclusive, wheel-chair accessible play environment.
Rudel has a love of baseball and likes how The Miracle League is working to share it with everyone, no matter his or her ability. “I love to play baseball and would like to support those who can’t play in a regular fashion or organize their own games,” he said.
At his request, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation is donating $250 to The Miracle League. The money goes to construction of Miracle League fields and programs in the South Hills of Pittsburgh to allow children and young adults with disabilities to play organized baseball.
If you’d like to contribute as well, you can make a donation via the information listed below:
The Miracle League of the South Hills
P.O. Box 12614
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Exclusively focused on representing plaintiffs, especially in mass tort litigation, Eric Chaffin prides himself on providing unsurpassed professional legal services in pursuit of the specific goals of his clients and their families. Both his work and his cases have been featured in the national press, including on ABC’s Good Morning America.