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April 20, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Carolina Miracle League renewed an annual tradition Saturday, April 17, 2010, as they hosted a tripleheader of baseball action at Miracle Park. This special Saturday known as Champions Day, brings the league's athletes together with area Spartanburg dignitaries, as well as coaches and student-athletes from a variety of high schools and colleges.
"This is our day to recognize and bring together the many different groups that either made our league possible at the beginning or help us to sustain it now with the use of their time, talent and contributions," said Carolina Miracle League executive director Pam Dean. "We are proud of the champions of our league and we are thankful that they were with us at this special event."
USC Upstate was well represented for the first game of the day as the Spartans and the Terriers squared off at 10am. Members of the Upstate marketing/street team, women's soccer team and volleyball team all came out for this great event.
"I thought it was a great experience for everyone, as we were able to help kids of all ages play baseball," said women's soccer player Alyssa Roegner. "We were able to use our passion of sports and share it with those who don't normally get a chance to play or be chosen for the team. It was a lot of fun and a meaningful experience for everyone involved, including the players and their families. The smiles on the kids' faces and their excitement made it the most rewarding part of it all."
Upstate's student-athletes had a wonderful experience as they event as they served as a buddy for the players on their team. This marked the third consecutive year that the Spartans have been involved with the Miracle League.
"At the event, I helped a boy named Nicholas, who had trouble walking, but was able to use his walker to get around the bases," said Spartan soccer player Ashlee Barrow. "I enjoyed the event, because I love to volunteer. This experience was different for me because we helped the children do something that we do all the time, which is play sports."
"It is amazing that these kids don't complain about anything and are always laughing," said women's soccer player Karen Martinez. "It was a great experience for me and I really enjoyed being with the kids."