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Miracle League board members receive award
Miracle League board members receive award
Posted July 14, 2016

Husband and wife Miracle League board members receive award

 

By Shelbey Hernandez

 

Those who help run the Miracle League of Amherstburg are grateful for an award they received at the second annual Windsor-Essex Accessibility Awards.

There were eight awards presented at the WEAA which was held at the Fogolar Furlan Club June 27. Two members of Amherstburg’s Miracle League board of directors, Chuck and Ann Bondy, won the Barrier Free Access Award. This award recognizes those who remove barriers for those with disabilities.

Chuck is the current board president while Ann also sits on the board.

Ann said although she is grateful for the award, there are many people involved in the league so without the hundreds of people involved in putting it together, it wouldn’t go off as well as it does.

Ann said the most rewarding part of what she does is the experience she is able to provide for those who may not have been able to get into a sport before.

“It’s exciting when you get out there and you watch the players and how much they appreciate being able to do this. They’ve all bonded with each other and their team mates now and their coaches and we’ve developed a whole rapport with their families and with our committee members,” said Ann. “It’s kind of a meeting place now.

Miracle League players honoured.
Miracle League players honoured.
Posted June 13, 2016

Saturday was especially memorable as we honoured two of our Miracle League players that passed and our now part of our Miracle League family in Heaven.  A special celebration was held with family members, staff from Family Respite Services as well many of Miracle League players & volunteers.  It is never easy to say good bye. Our "Wall of Honour" is a small way of FOREVER remembering players who have left a permanent hand print on our hearts.  Rest in peace Dallas & Taneysha. Emoji

Special thanks to Hype Creative Services.
Special thanks to Hype Creative Services.
Posted May 29, 2016

Special thanks from our League to Randy Mize of Hype Creative Services. Randy has donated his time to supply several action game animations for our big screen display. Our athletes now enjoy game prompts and the Hat Shuffle designed for the Amherstburg Miracle League. 

Miracle League returns for 2016 spring season
Miracle League returns for 2016 spring season
Posted May 10, 2016

Miracle League returns for 2016 spring season

By rivertown Tagged with Abbi-Lynne DufourLibro CentreMichele VigneuxMiracle League May 10th, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

 

 

What would a day at Miracle League be without the YMCA dance? The players and mascots enjoy it during the first game of the day last Saturday.

What would a day at Miracle League be without the YMCA dance? The players and mascots enjoy it during the first game of the day last Saturday.

By Ron Giofu

 

Spring has finally arrived and the Miracle League of Amherstburg has returned with it.

The spring season of Miracle League got underway last Saturday at their diamond at the Libro Centre with nine teams playing four games – three teams combined to play one game due to the uneven number of teams – during the day-long event.

Miracle League publicity director Michele Vigneux said the Miracle League is up to 150 players with several more on a waiting list.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

“We continue to get more players,” she said. “We may have to look at expanding but now we can accommodate players on nine teams.”

Many of the players are returning from past seasons, she added, though there are a number of new players as well.

“We’re always happy to have new players,” said Vigneux, noting they also get to experience the opportunity to play baseball.

The engagement of Samantha Kellam and Essex-Windsor EMS paramedic Chris Jaber was also announced at Miracle League. Essex-Windsor EMS provides medical services for Miracle League.

The engagement of Samantha Kellam and Essex-Windsor EMS paramedic Chris Jaber was also announced at Miracle League.

Essex County Heroes pack the house for annual fundraiser
Essex County Heroes pack the house for annual fundraiser
Posted March 10, 2016

By Ron Giofu

 

It was another packed house for the Essex County Heroes annual fundraising dinner.

All 300 tickets were sold for Saturday night’s event at the Verdi Club, with proceeds going directly to the Heroes. The club, formerly known as the Amherstburg Heroes, recently changed its name as they added a Tuesday night basketball session at Colchester North Public School in addition to their Wednesday basketball nights at General Amherst High School.

“We’re very proud of that,” said co-founder Michelle Jones-Rousseau of the expansion.

Jones-Rousseau noted that Heroes is presented in partnership with Community Living Essex County and the Amherstburg Police Service with the Essex OPP also getting on board and helping with the program at Colchester North Public School.

 

Mike Cox, co-founder and a sergeant with Amherstburg police, thanked those in attendance and said everyone plays a role in helping make the Heroes program successful.

“We have hundreds of people here and everyone plays a key part,” said Cox.

Cox highlighted the work of Terry and Lisa Jones, who held a backyard cookoff at their home last November to assist Heroes. The fundraising total from the cookoff alone has now swelled to $30,000.

The way the Heroes program has grown in its 11 years has caught Cox and Jones-Rousseau by surprise, with Jones-Rousseau noting people were already asking her Saturday night about next year’s fundraiser.