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Community rallies for Miracle League

POSTED: July 2, 2014 12:03 a.m.
Jim Dean/

Mike Hadzimihalis, left, and son Theo, center, recently accepted a check from Bill Norman, owner of Norman's Landing Restuarant for the Miracle League. Hadzimihalis is on the organization’s board of directors, and his son is a coach. The money was used to replace equipment damaged last winter by a broken sprinkler line.

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CUMMING — When the Cumming-Forsyth County Miracle League experienced a financial setback earlier this year, the community quickly stepped in to help.

The league, which provides children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball in accessible facilities, stores its equipment and clothing in a building at Coal Mountain Park.

During the frigid winter weather of January and February, a sprinkler system there froze. As the weather thawed, it began to leak. By the time the leak has been discovered, the equipment and clothing was covered in mold, said Jerry Dupree, league president.

Because the damage occurred during the winter, Dupree said the league had plenty of time to raise money to replace the equipment before the spring baseball season began. 

“If this was going to happen, it couldn’t have happened at a better time,” Dupree said. “We had about two months before the spring season.

“If you’re going to have a catastrophe, timing is everything.”

Wayne Maddox, manager of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation’s athletic division, reached out to organizations for help replacing the damaged items.

It took just two weeks to raise more than $9,500, with the Forsyth County Athletic Association as a major donor.

Dupree was impressed with the community’s response.

“The Miracle League is blessed with sponsors and supporters,” Dupree said. “People just responded to this like no other program I’ve ever been associated with … people have been close with [the organization] and they see what we’re doing.”


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