Aug. 24, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's soccer team has partnered with the Grand Strand Miracle League to start a youth soccer program so special needs individuals can participate in a league that fosters individual skill, team participation and a safe haven for the participants to enjoy their own unique abilities within a team structure.
The Miracle League will hold games Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 at 6:30 pm each Monday at the James C. Benton Miracle League Field (33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach) with Coastal Carolina coaches Shaun Docking and Kyle Russell, along with members of the Chanticleer soccer team, providing instruction. For more information or to sign up, visit the Grand Strand's Miracle League website at http://www.grandstrandmiracleleague.com/ and click on the Miracle League Soccer button on the right-hand side of the page.
"We are delighted to be involved with the creation of the Miracle League soccer league this fall," Docking said. "It is such a great organization for our players and our program with which to be associated. We hope that we get plenty of kids and parents coming out to be a part of such a great program."
The Grand Strand Miracle League (GSML) first began to provide people with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. The GSML played its first season of baseball in the spring of 2002, making it the second Miracle League to be established in the United States. This fall, the GSML decided to add soccer to its program.
The GSML serves Georgetown and Horry counties and the surrounding areas. The fields are designed to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, so that all players with both physical and mental disabilities are welcome to play ball. There is no age limit here at the GSML, so all are encouraged to join. We currently range in age from 3 - 43. There are also teams available for more advanced players.