Miracle League Expands Sports Program For Special Needs Kids

The Langham Creek Family YMCA is building a wheelchair-accessible sports complex.


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Jan Franklin looks on as Connor Franklin gives a post-game interview.


It’s a sunny Saturday morning, and high school sophomore Conner Franklin steps up to bat in his first baseball game of the season. He swings and hits the ball right down the middle as the crowd cheers him on. After running the bases, Conner heads back to the dugout to celebrate with his team, the Cardinals.

“A lot of my friends that I saw today are in the Cardinals with me,” he said.

Conner is part of Houston’s Miracle League, a national sports program for special needs children. The players range from tiny toddlers to teenagers, some of whom get around on walkers or wheelchairs. In this league, there are no winners or losers. It’s all about the fun of the game.

Program directors want to make that experience even better. They’re currently fundraising to build a wheelchair-friendly sports complex with two baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts and a playground.

Jan Franklin is Conner’s mother. She says the Miracle League gives parents of special needs kids a chance to watch them shine.

“It’s good to be able to commune with other parents that understand some of the same challenges that you go through,” she said.

The Miracle League began in 2012 with 10 players. Now, it has more than 80. Organizers hope the new sports facility will attract many more players.

They are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with games.

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