Adams said disabled athletes get the chance to be the stars in bowling, football, soccer and basketball, which Lawrence-Johns’ team members have become involved with.
“Everyone gets a turn to shoot and dribble,” Lawrence-Johns said. “Some of them can do this by themselves, but the girls are there to wheel around the ones who can’t, getting them in the game, too.”
Lawrence-Johns described the Miracle League games as “beautiful” and “eye-opening,” noting the enormous, refreshing differences from usual sporting events. For one, she said, there are no angry, yelling parents. There’s nothing else like it, Lawrence-Johns said.
To spread the word about the organization, Lawrence-Johns said, she decided to sponsor a fashion show in March to raise money for the special cause. Such a wonderful organization should be more in the public eye, she said, and a small-business owner like herself has the perfect opportunity to facilitate this.
Young athletes from Lawrence-Johns’ team, as well as others from the Emma Willard School, Duanesburg, Cobleskill and Bethlehem High Schools, including the entire Bethlehem boys’ swim team, will be modeling the newest fashions from local clothing stores Plato’s Closet, Fleet Feet and Bride and Groom at 7 p.m. on March 28 at 60 State Place in Albany to raise funding for the Miracle League.
Money from the first “Miracle Fashion show” will go toward construction of a clubhouse near the Jaime M. Adams field, complete with handicap accessible bathrooms, concessions, storage and a press box, Adams said. Plans are also underway to install lights for night games, as well as a playground and family pavilion.
Adams said the varsity girls and Lawrence-Johns have been very helpful throughout the season and called them “real sweethearts.” The Miracle League athletes look up to them, he said, and see them as their heroes. Lawrence-Johns said the ladies on her team have become “a little attached,” as well, and have loved getting to spend time with the athletes.
“I’m very proud of them,” Lawrence-Johns said. “You hear a lot of things about crazy teenagers. But in come these ten beautiful, healthy girls, giving up the majority of their Saturdays to help others ... having dance parties, doing the limbo and the hokey pokey with them. Any self-consciousness went out the window.”