8/21/16 - Billy Hagenbucher
Grab your running shoes and prepare to get dirty! The Miracle League of East Texas is getting ready for the annual Run It Like It’s Hot Miracle Mud Run scheduled for Saturday, August 27, at the Lear Park Sports Complex in Longview. The event combines a 5K fun run with a series of challenging, and muddy, obstacles to test the endurance of even the best runners. But, it is all for a good cause. Funds raised through the Miracle Mud Run go toward the construction of a custom baseball park designed for special needs athletes participating in the Miracle League program.
The Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime. Since the main barriers for these children arise from the natural grass fields used in conventional youth leagues, Miracle League teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
Billy Hagenbucher serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Miracle League of East Texas. He believes volunteering allows people to share themselves with others.
“It’s about making a difference one moment at a time,” Mr. Hagenbucher said. “Give more than you take. Don’t ask, just do.”
In addition to his work with the Miracle League of East Texas, Mr. Hagenbucher is a member of the Longview AMBUCS, where he serves as the district governor and chairperson for the wheelchair ramp building project and the Mobility Bash fundraising committee. He is also a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and the Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Hagenbucher is a graduate of Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Maryland. He has lived in East Texas for more than 38 years and is the owner of Ace Glass Company. He is a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and is the father of four children and three grandchildren.
“I love East Texas because of the fabulous individuals that I come in contact with daily,” Mr. Hagenbucher said. “It’s such a joy to serve with each one of them and build lifelong friendships.”
For more information about the Run It Like It’s Hot Miracle Mud Run, please visit www.runitlikeitshot.org. To learn more about the Miracle League of East Texas, please visit www.miracleleagueofeasttexas.com.