Outpouring of support for Miracle League after theft

Outpouring of support for Miracle League after theft
(Source: WAFF 48 News)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A nonprofit organization that was targeted by thieves in Huntsville has seen an outpouring of support from the community.

A stolen sound system from the baseball field for the Miracle League of North Alabama sparked lots of upset.

Nearly $2000 worth of equipment was taken from their press box at their field at Brahan Spring Park.

It's a baseball league for children, young adults and adults with special needs. It allows them to play an organized sport when they might otherwise not have had such an opportunity. The field is made of special material to safely accommodate participants in wheelchairs and with crutches.

When the teams came to the park for their first game last week, they were surprised to find that all of their sound equipment was gone.

The crime was reported to Huntsville police.

The equipment is used to play music before the games and a portable microphone is used to sing the national anthem. The speakers are used to announce the players' names during the game and when they cross home plate. It's their favorite part of the games.

Doug Schulte, president of the board of directors for the Miracle League, says since the story about the stolen equipment aired on the news, the response has been amazing from others who want to help replace it.

Madison Academy and Randolph Baseball tweeted that they helped raise more than $650 for the cause.

"This is a great organization that our community supports so well. More than a game," Madison Academy Mustang Baseball posted in their tweet about the Miracle League.

The league also been contacted by a number of businesses that wanted to help out with donations., including Moving Unlimited LLC and Maximum Technology Corp. Many employees at Morris South, LLC and Morris Group, Inc. have made individual donations, Schulte said.

Stars & Strikes contacted the Miracle League about doing a fund-raiser. Someone else wants to host a benefit.

BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome) Group in Huntsville is going to present the league with a donation check from their non-profit organization.  Many of their members have children playing in the Miracle League.

"It is really overwhelming the support we have received thus far," Schulte stated. "One of the most encouraging things is that some new families have become aware of our Miracle League since this story has aired and we have signed up 8 new players in the past 5 days!!!"

"We have easily surpassed the amount needed to replace our sound system; but we will use any and all donations to continue to offer our programs at no cost to our players and their families," he added.

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