Tuesday, April 10, 2012

BMW hits a homerun with the Miracle League of Manasota

The Miracle League of Manasota is an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for all children to play baseball, regardless of their ability. For the 14,000 school-aged children with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Miracle League of Manasota is providing many children the thrills of baseball regardless of their ability to play. The Miracle League of Manasota played their first game this past March at the newly built Orioles-Pirates Field at Longwood Park. Instrumental in support for this venture was BMW of Sarasota, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Baltimore Orioles and Sarasota County.

BMW of Sarasota’s Victor Young, Ed Seymour, De’Vone Brownlee, Charles Wilson,
Brian Doonan and Matthew Mesquita have all been personally involved in the
effort. On March 3rd the Miracle League celebrated their first local
practice and assigned to BMW of Sarasota was a special young man named Joey Barr
(pictured). Joey is an awesome baseball player and one of only 2 children that
didn’t need a tee to hit a ball. Joey is 10 years old and has been battling
Leukemia since the age of 2; he just recently finished his treatments. Prior to
completion he wasn’t able to be in sunlight or enjoy outdoor activities, so his
father built a room in the house where he could play baseball. When asked
whether he would prefer to be a Pirate or an Oriole, Joey said “I want to be a
pirate because then I’ll have (the) strength to fight my cancer.”

Great job Victor Young and TEAM BMW for investing in such a worthy cause in
the communities of Manatee and Sarasota Counties!

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