Helena Miracle League to host Celebrity Softball Tournament

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

BIRMINGHAM–It wouldn’t be summertime without a trip to the ballpark and on Saturday, June 23, a trip to UAB’s Mary Bowers Field will help benefit a worthy cause in Helena.

For the first time, the Helena Miracle League will host a Celebrity Softball Tournament featuring a number of well-known athletes, entertainers, politicians and more as all proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Helena Miracle League.

The proceeds from the Celebrity Softball Tournament will help fund the future home of the 125-foot baseball field that will sit on a plot of land roughly 2.5 acres behind Joe Tucker Park in Helena. This ballpark will feature ADA accessible restrooms, a pavilion area, concession stand and a disability accessible parking lot.

The Celebrity Softball Tournament is set to begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and last through the evening as there will be softball, food trucks and entertainment for all ages.

Some of the celebrities scheduled to play in the tournament include Jessican Meuse, Cam Ward, Chris Hammond, Jeh Jeh Pruitt, Bo Bice, Speedy, Shonna Tucker, John Parker Wilson, Andrew Zoe, Mike Dubberly, Timothy Alexander, Anna Kimbrell, Noah Galloway and more.

Tickets for the softball tournament will cost $10 for adults, $5 for students or faculty of UAB or kids ages 6-10 and kids under the age of five will receive free admission.

The Helena Miracle League’s mission is to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League Baseball, regardless of their abilities, promote community support and sponsorship of Miracle Leagues and promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families.

Other alternative uses for the future field in Helena could include visits from nursing home members for exercise, kickball, soccer and Special Olympics events.

The Helena Miracle League continues to host a wide-range of fundraisers to help with the project and more information can be found at Facebook.com/HMLAngels/ or Helenamiracleleague.com.

UAB’s Mary Bowers Field is located at University Boulevard and 11th St. South in downtown Birmingham.