Student finds joy in volunteering for ‘miracle’ baseball league

first_imgNeeley School hosts marketing competition for students across the country Twitter ReddIt Facebook Madison Goforth Previous articleSGA looks at food trucks to limit long lines at Bistro BurnettNext articleFormer wide receiver launches clothing line on TCU’s Pro Day Madison Goforth RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madison Goforth Madison Goforth Madison Goforth is a Senior journalism major from Tyler, Texas. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Madison Goforth Army ROTC spends weekend practicing tactical missions Miracle League volunteer congratulates players on a win. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin + posts Three-star D-End Izaih Filikitonga signs with TCU football for fall season ReddIt Twitter Facebook The Leap: unique restaurants that take Frog Bucks Madison Goforth printA Miracle League volunteer congratulates players on a win. (Photo by Madison GoFourth.)When many students make it out to the baseball field it’s for a few hours of team pride and relaxation – but when Christian Norton heads out on the diamond it’s to make a difference.Norton is a volunteer for Miracle League, a national baseball league for children with disabilities. There are 320 leagues across America as well as in Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.“The kids on the field have so much joy,” he said. “Something about their spirit is so uplifting.”Miracle League DFWVenngage InfographicsGrace Whetstone, the Executive director of Miracle League DFW, said the league is for people with all types of disabilities — physical and mental.“We try to pair every player with a volunteer buddy,” she said. “Ultimately, we need over 700 volunteers to pair up with the players in the league.”Norton worked with a player named Chris who was in a wheelchair. He helped him play in the outfield and wheel around the bases.Norton helps Chris field balls in the outfield. (Photo by Madison GoFourth.)“Chris was an awesome guy,” Norton said. “Really all the players wanted was someone to hang out and talk with them on the field. I got to know so many cool kids and learn all about their stories.”Terry and Cathy McGillivray have also been volunteering with the Miracle League since 2007.“The kids brighten my life,” Terry said. “The kids are amazing and it is so rewarding to see them play every Saturday.”Cathy said some of the kids have grown up playing together and have become the best of friends.“They don’t care if someone needs help batting and they don’t care if someone hits it over the fence,” she said. “They just cheer for each other and help each other have fun playing baseball.”The Miracle League serves more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities.Whetstone said the biggest challenge is finding people to be volunteer buddies.“People are needed to announce the games, coach the teams and help the players on the field,” she said. “Even if you have never played baseball, you can still be such a help out here with the kids.”Whetstone’s favorite thing to see is when a child actually experiences the game of baseball.A player steps up to the plate. (Photo by Madison GoFourth.)“Parents put their kids in the league dreaming and hoping their kids will experience the game,” she said. “Not many kids actually catch a ball and very few hit home runs, but to see a dad run to home plate and lift his child in the air after a home run is what makes this job so great.”The Miracle League has games all day on Saturdays for six weeks in the Fall and six weeks in the Spring. For more information about volunteering for the league, click here.last_img read more

Hollywood Vampires Announce Sophomore Album, Share Lead Single “Who’s Laughing Now” [Listen]

first_imgHollywood Vampires, the hard-hitting supergroup comprised of classic rock veterans Joe Perry and Alice Cooper along with actor Johnny Depp, have announced the forthcoming release of their sophomore album, Rise. The 16-track studio album will follow their self-titled 2015 debut when it arrives on June 21st via earMUSIC.Rise will feature a mix of original rock songs sung by all three men in addition to covers of David Bowie‘s “Heroes”, the Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died”, and Johnny Thunders‘ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory”. Jeff Beck and John Waters will also make guest appearances on a song titled “Welcome to Bushwackers”.Related: Johnny Depp Sits In With Stone Temple Pilots [Watch]To go with the album’s announcement on Thursday, the group also shared its first single in the form of a dark and ominous-sounding song “Who’s Laughing Now”. The single features an abundance of growling guitar riffs from both Perry and Depp as it charges along with Cooper at the wheel on vocals. Depp even joins in to share some vampire-like vocals during the song’s pre-choruses. “Who’s Laughing Now” echos of the hard rock era in which these three men came of professional age. However, they also keep it light with a hippie-like addition to the chorus line, “Ha-ha-ha-ha who’s laughing now, man…”Hollywood Vampires – “Who’s Laughing Now”[Video: earMUSIC]“Rise came from pure creative energy, which is just like playing live with the Vampires,” Perry said in a statement about the creative process for their forthcoming sophomore effort. “The record showcases everyone doing what they do best without anyone looking over our shoulders. There was no pressure or deadlines, allowing us to write and record an album that is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I’ve been part of. I can’t wait to perform some of these tunes live for our fans.”According to a previous announcement from Perry, Rise is one of two albums the band will release this year, as they’re also expected to deliver a live album at some point as well.The band will hit the road for a brief run of spring shows across the western U.S. beginning May 10th at The Joint in Las Vegas and continuing until May 18th at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Fans can head to the band’s website for tour and ticket info.Rise Track Listing1. I Want My Now2. Good People Are Hard to Find3. Who’s Laughing Now4. How the Glass Fell5. The Boogieman Surprise6. Welcome to Bushwackers (feat. Jeff Beck + John Waters)7. The Wrong Bandage8. You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory (Johnny Thunders cover)9. Git From Round Me10. Heroes (David Bowie cover)11. A Pitiful Beauty12. New Threat13. Mr. Spider14. We Gotta Rise15. People Who Died (Jim Carroll Band cover)16. Congratulationslast_img read more

Ace morning for Hampshire at County Finals

first_img It was her first hole-in-one and meant Myrlea (pictured top) and partner Kerry Smith were dormie 2up. A par on 17th gave them the 2/1 win and added to a memorable week for Myrlea.  However, the northerners were in typically strong form in the other two games. Hannah Holden and Charlotte Heath won 4/3 while the anchor pair of Olivia Winning and Megan Lockett eased to a 6/5 win.  Hampshire, the 2014 champions, are seeking their first match win of the week and this is their best start so far. Kelly Travers and Sammi Keen scored the first point, winning 4/3 and Aimee Paterson and Raffi Dyer completed the clean sweep, winning 2/1.  She passed her driving test on Monday and yesterday, also in partnership with Smith, scored Hampshire’s first point of the championship, with another foursomes win. Images copyright Leaderboard Photography  Ebonie Lewis and Caley McGinty won 2/1 and Claudia Ovens and Grace Connelly completed the morning score with their 3/2 win  Hampshire had an ace morning at Women’s County Finals, winning all three foursomes against Nottinghamshire with the help of a hole-in-one from Adrian Myrlea.  The 17-year-old made short work of the 184-yard 16th at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk, where her three-wood landed just short and then rolled straight into the hole. center_img Click here for full scores Meanwhile the hosts, Suffolk, had the distinction of becoming the first team to take a whole point off Yorkshire. County champion Alice Barlow and team captain Vanessa Bell (pictured) eagled the second and birdied the third, fourth and fifth to get to four up – and went on to win 4/2.  Defending champions Gloucestershire won all three of their games. The partnership of Alex Saunders and 14-year-old Ffion Tynan kept up their 100% record with their third win from three outings so far, this one by the margin of 6/4.  20 Sep 2017 Ace morning for Hampshire at County Finals Tags: competitions, Competitions English Women’s County Finals, Hampshirelast_img read more