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Upper St. Clair Wishes Miracle League of South Hills Luck as it Travels to Tennessee for a Four-Team Tournament

As the Miracle League of South Hills travels to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., this week to participate in the Black Bear Tournament at the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, the Township of Upper St. Clair would like to wish all participants the best of luck.

“Everyone at the Township of Upper St. Clair would like to send good luck and our best wishes to the Miracle League of South Hills and all the participants at the Black Bear Tournament in Tennessee,” said Upper St. Clair Township Manager Matthew R. Serakowski.

The Black Bear Tournament, which is the first of its kind, includes four Miracle League teams from around the country. The following Miracle League teams are in Pigeon Forge until Aug. 2:

  • Pittsburgh, Pa. -- Miracle League of the South Hills (host league)
  • Sioux City, Iowa -- Miracle League of Sioux City
  • Cincinnati, Ohio -- Joe Nuxhall Miracle League
  • Hamilton, N.J. -- Miracle League of Mercer County

The Miracle League has over 350 organizations that serve over 450,000 children and adults. Ripken Baseball is hosting the tournament at its Pigeon Forge complex, a nationally recognized facility that will create an inclusive environment where the players will play on state-of-the-art fields, complete with walk-up music, umpires and VIP treatment. All Miracle League teams play on turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.

The Miracle League of South Hills plays most of its games at Miracle Field, which is located at Boyce Mayview Park next to the USC Community and Recreation Center. Last year, in July 2022, the Miracle League of South Hills traveled for its first ever away game to Fairfield, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati.

The Miracle League of the South Hills, where "Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball," allows and promotes all people with disabilities to have opportunities to enhance their lives as athletes, teammates and in everyday life with baseball as the root, promoting meaningful, authentic relationships that connect people on the field as well as in the community.

For more on the Mirale League of South Hills, including information on how to play, donate or volunteer, visit its website here.

Below is a video recap from day one of the tournament.  

Below is a video of former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and manager Mike Matheny addressing the participants on the importance of being a good teammate.