The origin of the Miracle League of Frisco is a classic story of “if you build it, they will come.” The concept of building a “Miracle Field” was originated when the idea was presented to the City of Frisco leadership in the spring of 2005. The idea was quickly adopted and with the support from the City Council and funding provided by the Community Development Council, construction of the Miracle Field currently known as “Mike Simpson Miracle Field” and located in Bacchus Community Park began in the Summer of 2005.
With a field to play on or the “where” in place, the next step was to execute the “how.” Within a 90 day period, a group of community leaders which included several current board members, Cacy Saffery, June Taylor and Rich Kaeufer quickly went to work and formed the 501(c)3 organization known as The Miracle League of Frisco. Players and Volunteers were recruited, operating capital was raised and forty “baseball players” took the field for opening day on April 22, 2006.
Over the next month, Cacy was able to pull in directly or indirectly the following people to help with the planning and who ended up forming the initial Board of Directors.
President: Cacy Saffery Vice President: Rich Kaeufer Secretary: Felicia Reed Treasurer: Mary Unger Fundraising Chair: Kathy Heath Publicity Chair: Dana Saffery Buddy Chair: June Taylor Media Relations: Niki Rodgers League Director: Mitzi McHenry League Photographer: Mauricio Frye Game Officials: Rich Gadwood
Cacy received a call from a woman named Julie Pici (a beauty pageant contestant) who wanted to name MLF as her charitable organization. Turns out Julie was at every MLF function throughout our first season and a valuable volunteer for MLF.
This core group of leaders held their first meeting in January 2006 and had no idea what it would lead to or how they would get there.
During the next 112 days, the planning team organized their structure, established by-laws, raised funding, recruited players, buddies and more volunteers. They asked anyone who would listen for advice. Steve Peck, of The Michigan Miracle League, flew to Frisco and spent a couple of days passing on everything we did not know and desperately needed to know. Prior to MLF, many of the volunteers and board members did not have a personal connection with a special needs child.
December 2005: Miracle League of Frisco is formed and proceed to charter as a 501(c)3 organization.
04/22/06: Inagural MLF Opening Day – over forty athletes and buddies participate 05/30/06: “Duece” of the Frisco Rough Riders, makes his first appearance at an MLF baseball game.
09/16/06: Soccer is introduced as a MLF sport, on both synthetic and grass fields. Six teams, two of which were wheel chair/walker athletes participate.
02/24/07: Frisco Mayor Mike Simpson hosts the “Mayor’s Roast” benefiting the Miracle League of Frisco; raised $34,271.82. 04/21/07: Second MLF Opening Day for baseball; MLF field formally renamed for the Mayor of Frisco and dedicated as “E. Michael Simpson Miracle League Field”
07/07/07: Bowling is introduced as a MLF sport, with 43 athletes participating.
02/01/08: Pablo Ricchetti, of FC Dallas, selects MLF as his non-profit to support and begins developing “Pablo’s All-Star Jersey Raffle” project.
03/15/08: FC Dallas vs LA Galaxy soccer charity game at Pizza Hut Park, with David Beckham as the main draw. MLF benefits with a check for $22,500.00
Frisco’s Michael E. Simpson Miracle League Field is located within Frisco’s Harold Bacchus Community Park.
The custom-designed field incorporates a cushioned synthetic turf that accommodates wheelchairs and other walking assistance devices, while providing a safe atmosphere for children with disabilities to participate and enjoy.