Playball for Miracles Steps Up to the Plate to Make Miracles Happen

April 29, 2013

The ninth Annual Playball for Miracles Charity Softball Tournament will be held on May 4 at Warinanco Park in Roselle, NJ. Playball for Miracles is an event that began as a one-day softball outing inspired by a special little boy.  It is now coming out swinging for its ninth year to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals local beneficiary, Children’s Specialized Hospital.  

Playball for Miracles was created in 2005, when founder and chief coordinator Erin Kelly-McGuinness decided to raise funds for the organization after a family friend, Patrick Macnab, was diagnosed with a rare bleeding disorder.   Erin started the tournament to raise awareness for Patrick’s disease and all other illnesses inflicting children.  

“Playball for Miracles has been making miracles happen for over 8 years,” said Kelly-McGuinness. “We are excited about our growth, especially the addition of more events such as our raffle and miracle nights. But the best part is watching Patrick grow up and come to understand that he is the reason why we have done this and how great an impact it has had. Patrick ‘thinks’ he is famous...and to us he is.”  

Much like Patrick, the organization has grown before Kelly-McGuinness’s eyes. In 2005, six local adult, men’s softball teams gathered to play in the 1st softball tournament. In the years since, the tournament has more than doubled in size, and PBFM has added a Super Cash Raffle and Miracle Night to its yearly events. Over the course of eight years Playball for Miracles has raised $80,000 to support the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals beneficiary, Children's Specialized Hospital, with the help of generous sponsors, such as Elizabeth NJ Firemen’s Federal Credit Union, Wakefern and the American Softball Association.   

Children's Specialized Hospital is the largest pediatric rehabilitation healthcare system in the United States. It is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation for children with special needs, serving children affected by brain injury, spinal cord dysfunction and injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized has ten sites in New Jersey and treats over 20,000 children each year.   

Theannual tournament has become a day of family fun complete with a barbeque, raffles, the Ultimate Game Truck and a visit from Somerset Patriots mascot, Sparkee. Sparkee’s visit helps to remind spectators that Playball for Miracles will continue to raise money at Miracle Night on June 23rd at the TD Bank Ball Park when the Somerset Patriots take on the Long Island Ducks.   

Adult Men’s and Co-Ed Softball Teams can register to participate in the Playball for Miracles tournament at Warinanco Park by contacting Erin Kelly-McGuinness at playball4miracles@yahoo.com   

Tickets for Miracle Night with the Somerset Patriots will be available at Warinanco Park on May 4, or can be purchased online at www.miraclenight3.eventbrite.com  

For more information about either event contact Erin Kelly-McGuinness at playball4miracles@yahoo.com

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals. 

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