COLUMBIA, S.C. (courtesy auyellowjackets.com) — The Allen University Yellow Jackets Softball team spent some time away from campus as they gave back to their community to help the Columbia Miracle League this month. The Miracle League provides children with mental and physical handicaps an environment that allows them to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.
Sa’riyah Hartsfield is 4 years old and has Cerebral Palsy due to a non-accidental injury. According to her mom Alma, this is her first year with Miracle League. “It gives her an opportunity to enjoy herself with like peers. She had a ball. I was very happy to see young athletes so dedicated to a worthy cause and support it by volunteering their Saturday to ensure that the Miracle League game would be a success.”
Sophomore captain Kyla Reeves said, “Coming out to work the Miracle League was the best opportunity I could ever have. I always wanted to help because Miracle League really means a lot to me, as I have a sibling who has down syndrome.”
“Giving back to the community that supports us is very important to me,” said Head Coach Tatjana Matthews. “Watching my young ladies dance, laugh, play and make an impact on these young athletes fills me with pride and shows me that they truly get what this game is all about.”
Miracle League is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities while educating the public and promoting a greater understanding of matters concerning individuals with disabilities. Interested players or volunteers can contact Doug Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-545-0456.