Compassionate in Spirit: GA Baseball hosts clinic for Miracle League
Posted May 23, 2012
On the eve of the 2012 PAISAA Tournament, Germantown Academy’s varsity baseball team spent Sunday on the baseball diamond, but in a different way than you might think. Instead of fielding grounders and taking batting practice, players and coaches of GA’s team took time out to host a clinic for the Miracle League, which provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play the game of baseball.
“This was important for GA baseball to do because life needs to be put in perspective sometimes,” said varsity head coach Tyler Stamone ’05. “Playing and coaching baseball at GA is not a right, it is a privilege. Anybody that loves baseball deserves the opportunity to play the game, regardless of age, ability and skill level. This day was important to many of us that have close friends or relatives with disabilities because those individuals have a special place in our hearts, like our friend Shawn Fitzgerald (younger brother of Mike Fitzgerald ’12). We had a wonderful time.”
In line with one of the missives of GA’s mission statement, compassionate in spirit, the baseball team successfully brightened the day for 50 athletes.
“I know my guys got a lot from participating at the clinic,” continued Stampone. “They certainly had a lot of fun - that was evident by just observing them working with the youngsters. It was a great day to forget about the pressures of playing baseball at a high level, and just have a good time playing a game that they love.”
The Patriots opened the 2012 Pennsylvania State Independent School Baseball Tournament with a 10-0 victory over Academy of the New Church on Tuesday and will play Springside Chesnut Hill Academy in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
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