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UPDATE: Miracle League of the Fox Valley raises over $19,000 to fund baseball league for children of all abilities

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SUNDAY 10/17/2021 07:03 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Miracle League of the Fox Valley has announced they have surpassed their goal and raised $19,000 in total.

The group made $7,184 from their ‘Duleing Pianos’ Concert and raffle fundraiser. They originally hoped to make just $4,000 or $5,000 at the event to add to the over $12,000 they had raised leading up to the day.

Kailee Vander Loop, the Program Leader for the league said the $45 dollar registration fee is not enough to run the entire league so fundraisers are crucial for their continued operation.

“That certainly doesn’t cover the cost to run the program,” said Vander Loop. “Families aren’t expected to fundraise like other leagues do to cover costs for operations, equipment, etc. That is all covered by donations and fundraisers like the event we had this weekend.”

FRIDAY 10/15/2021 06:58 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Miracle League of the Fox Valley provides every child with the opportunity to be on a team but they need to fundraise in order to operate, so every year they hold an event where they raise thousands of dollars so every kid gets a shot to just be a kid.

“It’s not a team it’s a family,” said Chip Wood, an announcer for the Miracle League of the Fox Valley.

The Goodwill NCW program exists so every child, no matter their ability level gets to play baseball.

Kailee Vander Loop, the Program Leader for the league said, “The Miracle League of the Fox Valley is a program of North-Central Wisconsin and we are an organized baseball league for children 4-19 with either intellectual or physical disabilities.”

Organizers and volunteers alike say there is nothing like watching these children blossom when they are given a chance.

“Watching the kids the first game and how everyone’s really tentative and they don’t really want to go up to bat and they’re very nervous,” added Wood. “Compared to the end of the season where it is just nonstop cheers and chants and people are just so happy to be there.”

“They get to come out to the field, have a field of their own, and be just like their peers participating in a non-competitive sports league,” said Vander Loop. “A lot of us have been part of teams growing up and I think it’s important all children of all abilities get that opportunity.”

Goodwill said they do their fundraisers so families only have to pay $45 to play and are not asked to do additional fundraising.

“All of this money will go towards running the program, which is great because our families aren’t asked to fundraise,” said Vander Loop.

Goodwill officials say that previous fundraisers for the program made up to $10,000 dollars for the year but this year they have already surpassed that and raised $12,000 dollars – hoping to raise up to $4,000 or $5,000 more at the actual event.

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