Thursday, December 30, 2010

Making a Difference On and Off the Field

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When Ben Miller started playing soccer, his older brother Jake was there with him. However, Jake, 14, wasn't kicking goals like 12-year-old Ben.
His autism kept him off the field so the team made him their "assistant coach."
"Not what any kid wants. They want to play," said Jake's dad, Eric Miller of Mandarin. And thanks to a special-needs field on Jacksonville's Westside, McGirts Creek Park on 118th Street, they are no longer relegated to the sidelines while other kids have all the fun.
Volunteers from San Jose Catholic School on Toledo Road have become a big part of the Miracle League, which provides recreational opportunities for children with disabilities from across Jacksonville, including Mandarin.

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