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At Twin Ports Miracle League, every team, player is a winner

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As a kid, playing sports is part of growing up, and The Twin Ports Miracle League ensures that kids from all walks of life get to experience just that. 

"It is really something special for these kids to do," said Miracle League Parent Mike McCoshen.  

There are very few leagues like it.

"Watching him being able to hit the ball and participate in group sports, it makes our heart just swell so much," said Miracle League grandparent Robin Cohoon.

At the Twin Ports Miracle League, there are no losers and there is no scoreboard.

"At Miracle League Field, everybody wins," said McCoshen.

"We don't count runs and it doesn't matter if you didn't take the bag or not. That's okay," said Miracle League parent Ann Finifrock. "Sometimes we kick the ball to make sure it's fair or whatever. Just have fun. Be a kid." 

For kids who might often times feel different, here they're able to come together. 

"Normal circumstances, she wouldn't be playing baseball," McCoshen said of his daughter Liza. "This is something that she looks forward to doing, so we look forward to doing it." 

Since 2009, the Miracle League, sponsored by the Duluth Area Family YMCA, is where kids with mental and or physical disabilities get the chance to just be ballplayers.

For many of the players, it's their first time playing baseball. 

"I love hitting the ball," said Liza McCoshen. 

"Just hit the ball and watch it go flying," said Zach Minor. "And not let them catch it."

"I like to run, run, run and hit the ball!" said Braelyn Whitford. 

The league certainly fulfills lifelong dreams for the players, but it's also been a miracle for the parents.

"When you find out your having a son, and you are thinking about all the things you did, playing hockey, playing baseball. Then you hit a road block, you are worried about exclusion wherever you bring them," said Miracle League parent Dustin DeSanto. "You don't have to worry about that here. This is made for them." 

The 2017 Twin Ports Miracle League season concluded on Saturday, August 5 with four teams and 32 registered players. 

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