Soccer Players Step into the Diamond to Help Fellow Athletes

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More then 40 student-athletes came together and volunteered their time at a Miracle League of Long Island baseball game.

Members of the boys soccer teams, led by varsity Coach Joe Camarda, junior varsity Coach Rich Butzke and middle school Coach Pete Costa, participated as BUDDY (Because Unbelievable Dedication Deserves YOU) helpers to the Miracle League athletes. The Rocky Point soccer squads assisted Miracle League athletes throughout the day by ensuring their safety on the playing field, guiding them through their at bats and the running of the bases.

Camarda organized this community service outreach program.

“Having our student athletes volunteer in a program as special as Miracle League will be something that we will continue to do as a soccer program annually,” he said. “It provides students with a chance to give back and mentor others using their athletic skills.”  

The Miracle League of Long Island's mission is to establish and sustain baseball programs for people of all ages with disabilities and is founded on their strong belief that “everyone deserves a chance to play baseball.” The League aims to help players develop social skills and increase self-esteem while simultaneously promoting community support and sponsorship for the league. 

Miracle League gives children with special needs a chance to play in an accepting and nonjudgmental environment. Not only is this an important outlet for the players, but it also gives the BUDDY volunteers a chance to see the struggles of the children involved.