Miracle League of Corpus Christi sends off athletes to Ohio

Posted at 1:07 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 14:07:20-04

The Miracle League of Corpus Christi helps children and adults with disabilities have the chance to compete for different sports. The nation-wide organization is helped run by volunteers and donations. The Miracle League of Corpus Christi is the only region chapter south of San Antonio. During the spring baseball season of 2018, they had about 70 athletes total. The Corpus Christi chapter is one of the only Miracle Leagues that holds other sports than baseball, such as swimming, camps and kickball.

On Saturday, June 30, the Miracle League of Corpus Christi will be holding a car wash fundraiser to raise money for the organization and help send off two athletes to the All-Star Celebration in Ohio during the September 14-16 weekend.

The two athletes are Justin Alvarez, who’s autistic and epileptic, and John J. Martinez, who has cerebral palsy. Both athletes have had to endure surgeries throughout their lives just to survive, but according to their parents, the Miracle League has helped them in numerous ways. 

Justo Alvarez, Justin’s father, says they joined the league about 3 years ago. Before Justin was involved with any teams, he was did not want to talk much. Since he’s become an athlete for the Miracle League, Justo says Justin will talk to anyone and everyone. 

Monica Martinez, John’s mother, says that John has always been a happy kid with a smile on his face. Once joining the Miracle League, she sees how much he enjoys staying active and breaking a sweat.

Both John and Justin were chosen to be the two athletes to represent South Texas and Corpus Christi in the Inaugural Miracle League All-Star Celebration, happening in Ohio from September 14-16.

The Miracle League of Corpus Christi will have a Car Wash Fundraiser at Advance Auto Parts (5354 McArdle Rd.) on Saturday, June 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Miracle League accepts donations and sponsors for athletes, you can find more of that information here.