Baseball, America’s national pastime, is enjoyed by young and old alike. But for children challenged with serious physical and mental disabilities, the opportunity and ability to play baseball is difficult to achieve. The Miracle League of East Texas removes those barriers that keep these children off the baseball field and allows them to experience the joy playing the game. The Miracle League is about making new friends and building self-esteem.
Miracle League board member, Vikki Jones, is working alongside other volunteers for the upcoming, Run It Like It’s Hot! Miracle Mud Run fundraiser to be held Saturday, August 23, at the Lear Sports Complex in Longview. The Mud Run will offer 3.1 miles of trails, 15 challenging obstacles, and plenty of mud. There will be something for everyone, warriors and families alike, and a kids course for ages six to 12. All proceeds from this fun-filled event will go towards the construction of a baseball field designed to meet the unique requirements of children with disabilities.
“I believe we should treat each other with respect, share our time and talents, and lend a hand to the people we live and work with every day,” Mrs. Jones said. “It should start in your home, carry over into your work place, and into your community – basically anyone you come in contact with, or those you should reach out to. I suppose that it could be called volunteerism, but for me, it is really just good instructions for good living.”
In addition to her commitment to the Miracle League, Mrs. Jones serves on the volunteer staff of The Movie Institute, Dallas, Texas, and is a member of both the Texas Motion Picture Alliance and Women in Film.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mrs. Jones has lived in Longview for 10 years. She is a graduate of Huntington High School in Shreveport and Kilgore College. Mrs. Jones is the director of marketing and human resources with RLM General Contractors. She and her husband, Frank, have been married seven years, and Mrs. Jones has two adult children.
Asked what she enjoys about living in the East Texas area, Mrs. Jones said, “East Texas is southern, and it is home. Sometimes it seems like the South holds the last remnants of a gentler and simpler time. People are warmer, food tastes better, and pot luck dinners with friends feed the soul as much as the body. Volunteering is just like making someone feel good and loved when they walk into your home…just on the other side of the door!”
For more information on the Miracle League of East Texas and the Run It Like It’s Hot! Miracle Mud Run, please call 903-235-3715, or visit www.miracleleagueofeasttexas.com.