Miracle League of the South Hills (Casey’s Clubhouse)

Every Person Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball

Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.miracleleaguesouthhills.org

Mission

The Miracle League of the South Hills empowers individuals with disabilities and their families by promoting meaningful and authentic relationships on the baseball field and in the community.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Tim Gebhart

Main address

PO Box 12614

Pittsburgh, PA 15241 USA

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EIN

27-1981498

NTEE code info

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our vision began in 2008, when Sean Casey started his quest to bring a Miracle League field to the South Hills of Pittsburgh where he grew up. The Miracle League of the South Hills is carrying on the mission statement of all Miracle League fields: “Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.” ​ We are bringing the game of baseball to children who may have never had the opportunity to play on a real field. By building a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheel-chair bound or visually impaired players, the field has eliminated the challenges that prevent many children from playing the game of baseball. In addition to giving kids the chance to play the game we are dedicated to bringing together children through our “Buddies” program. We believe that the baseball field is a place that can connect all children by building teamwork and friendship.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Miracle League Field

The Miracle League is dedicated to creating a field and league where the abilities of all individuals are celebrated. The Miracle League field is uniquely designed with a rubberized, flat surface, open dugouts, handicap accessible bathrooms and various other amenities so that children and adults with special needs can participate. Each player is paired with a buddy who helps them hit the ball, run the bases or just cheers them home. As the result, the Miracle League isn't just about baseball but the community it creates.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The Miracle League of the South Hills is continuing the mission that every child deserves the chance to play by constructing an inclusive playground at our facility. The Miracle League brought together teachers, therapists, parents and doctors to design the perfect place for all children to play. We believe that children learn through play and look forward to opening a facility created for the development and growth of all children.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Miracle League of the South Hills envisions a community where all people with disabilities have opportunities to enhance their lives as athletes, teammates, and in everyday life.

The Miracle League of the South Hills empowers individuals with disabilities and their families by promoting meaningful and authentic relationships on the baseball field and in the community.

We provide every child and adult the opportunity to play the game of baseball. We focus on nurturing peer relationships as we merge communities together so that barriers to friendship and opportunity are removed, fostering acceptance of all individuals. Also, we help to develop athletic, life, and social skills to help individuals reach their full potential.

The Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play baseball regardless of their abilities by promoting community support through the construction of special facilities meeting the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families. Our custom-designed fields eliminate the challenges preventing many children from playing the game of baseball. Cushioned rubberized surfaces help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and completely flat surfaces eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players. We pair every player with an able-bodied peer fostering a community of support and compassion centered around the love of baseball.

TML South Hills was launched in 2010 when former Major League Baseball first baseman and MLB Network commentator Sean Casey began his quest to bring a Miracle League to his hometown of Pittsburgh. What began as a small league of under 100 youth has grown into a community of over 350 players ranging from five years old to sixty-five, organized into competitive and non-competitive divisions, with activities year round. With over 60 zip codes represented by our players, TML is proud to now reach communities outside the South Hills of Pittsburgh as we serve the Upper St. Clair neighborhood and the greater Pittsburgh area.

Lastly, the organization also is expanding our Miracle League of the South Hills Gives Back Program to help teach our players about volunteering. This program was started in the spring of 2017 to help our players learn the importance of giving back to their community. In the past few years, the initiative’s food and clothing drive donated over 1500 lbs of food and clothing to a local food bank. The League also partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and our players helped prepare 750 gift bags for families living with cancer. We also held a one-day coin drive for the Miracle League of Houston which was damaged by Hurricane Harvey and collected coins on a game day, raising over $3,000. Other programs include our Angels in the Outfield holiday gift drive and our school supply drive. All of us at TML of South Hills are so grateful for all of the financial and volunteer support we receive, we are proud to make it an institutional priority to give back to the communities that have given so much to us.

Our organization isn't possible without our volunteers. With only one paid employee, the Miracle League of the South Hills Buddy Program drives us to meet the foundations mission and vision.

The Miracle League Buddies are assigned a player for each game. The buddy is there to protect the player from balls, assist the player in batting and running the bases (if needed), and to be a friend on and off the field. Buddies receive a Miracle League Buddy t-shirt for their participation. Buddies are youth (ages 12 and up) and adults who play or enjoy baseball and softball-or just like to have fun. These include family members and local youth and civic groups to mention a few. Though we call them Buddies, many people refer to the volunteers as Angels in the Outfield. Buddies need to be energetic, committed and enthusiastic for each game. We encourage buddies to keep a consistent schedule. This allows for Miracle players to grow more comfortable with their new friends. Buddies are responsible for their individual player from the time of introduction until the player is back in the care of their parent/guardian. This means that no matter where their player goes the buddy must go. Buddies are expected to protect the Miracle League player at all times. When a hard hitter is up at bat, buddies are to step in front of the Miracle League player for protection. Always allow the Miracle League player as much freedom as possible to play his/her game and position. Assist the Miracle League player according to their needs. Arrive at the field 30 minutes prior to game time. Notify the Miracle League Buddy Coordinator (or your coach) at least 24 hours prior to game time if they will not be able to attend the game. Be properly dressed in the Buddies t-shirt. Demonstrate high morals and integrity on and off the field.

Benchmarks of growth:
2010 - we raised over $1 million dollars to build the field
2012 - the field was built and the first season was played
2015 - another capital campaign of $1 million was started to build a one-of-a-kind accessible playground next to the field
2016 - for the first time, we raised over $100,000 at our primary fundriaser
2017 - started a new program, the Miracle League Gives Back
2018 - we grew to over 350 participants and 600 volunteers
2019 - started our 3rd capital campaign to begin construction on our new project called "The Next Inning"

"The Next Inning" - estimated to open and begin the program in the spring of 2021

Over the last decade, TML South Hills continues to remove the barriers keeping children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and letting them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Beyond learning the baseball fundamentals, TML South Hills encourages making new friends, builds self-esteem, and allows participants to be treated just like other athletes. Our buddy system pairing each player with an able-bodied peer forges a bond of mutual respect, physical, emotional, and mental support, and creates lasting friendships for years to come. Adding the “Next Inning” to our growing list of opportunities for these amazing athletes creates a whole new ballgame for our families and our organization.

From the first dollar we raised in 2010 to our first pitch just two years later, we've been committed to our mission that everyone deserves the chance to play baseball. With "The Next Inning", a new door for our kids & adults with special needs within TML South Hills will open. This project will build a job training center for our athletes. The new center will include our concession stand & an announcers booth. We'll be hiring our athletes to work in the new building, providing training in customer service, accounting, counting money, custodial work, & more. Our athletes will get paid and this will be the first paying job for many. We'll teach valuable resume building classes as well as interview skills, and work with other businesses to hire our athletes as they transition into their next phase of life.

The program will be developed through the joint effort of the executive board of the MLSH, Executive Director Tim Gebhart, volunteer educational leaders in the community, and volunteer strategy managers of inclusion and diversity from local area businesses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Miracle League of the South Hills (Casey’s Clubhouse)

Board of directors
as of 1/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Mandi Casey

Board VP

Term: 2010 -


Board co-chair

Sean Casey

MLB

Term: 2010 -

Dave McClintock

CPA

Dave Hall

Highmark

Dave Franklin

Esquire- Pietragallo, Gordon, Alfano, Bosick & Raspanti, LLP

F. Robinson

Public Works Upper St. Clair (former)

Mark Miller

Eisenhower Elementary, Upper St. Clair

Megan Pitcairn

No Affliliation

Samandra Casey

No Affiliation

Sean Casey

MLB

Jean Luoni

Lisa Silverman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/26/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.