Jordan Brett is excited to play baseball in September. But until fall, she at least has a uniform to wear and she’s all giggles about it.
Miracle League Southlake unveiled the uniforms its players will wear when they hit the fields for the inaugural season later this year. Miracle League allows youths with disabilities to play baseball on a special field. Southlake’s Miracle League home will be at Bicentennial Park.
At the unveiling event, Brett strolled on stage in gray pants and a Texas Rangers red jersey, with the Rangers name on the front and Southlake-based sponsor Variosystems on the back. The Majestic made jerseys that feature breathable fabric to keep athletes cool. Other athletes also sported the new jerseys in Ranger white and blue, and volunteers showcased the player and buddy costumes.
In her new gear, Brett also met her favorite major league player, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.
While 16-year-old Brett, of Southlake, was full of laughs, her parents spoke about how excited they all are for Jordan to finally play after watching her siblings play for years.
“We just love that we get to play this sport with her,” mother Susan Brett said.
The League will have jerseys mirroring Major League teams, but all the player jerseys will have the Variosystems name.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to give back and this is a great one,” Variosystems General Manager Peter Ermish said. “You can’t find a better project to work on.”
Miracle League Southlake is gearing up for the fall season opener, with a field dedication ceremony scheduled for May 16 and then games throughout the summer.
Phillip Meyer, Miracle League Southlake chairman, said the goal is to introduce prospective players and volunteers to the organization. He said the league wants to have roughly 100-150 players and it will need just as many volunteers.
“Volunteers are integral to the success,” he said.
Each player is accompanied by a buddy, who will wear an orange T-shirt sponsored by E-Care Emergency Centers.
Miracle League has leagues across the country and a few in the Metroplex, including Arlington and Frisco.
“Miracle League is baseball in its purest form,” said Karin Morris, Texas Rangers Community Outreach vice president and Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation executive director. “It’s baseball for purely the joy of it.”
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770