Nuxhall Miracle League News

  • JNMLF teams up with ABC Pediatric Therapy (March 9, 2015)


    In an effort to improve the quality and enhance the therapeutic value of play at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields the expertise of West Chester based ABC Pediatric Therapy Network will be a part of every game during the Spring 2015 season according to Kim Nuxhall, League Chairman and son of legendary Reds broadcaster Joe Nuxhall.

    Diane L. Crecelius is CEO and founder of ABC Pediatric Therapy Network where their mission is to provide high quality speech, physical and occupational therapy for children with challenges.  Diane commented on the Nuxhall-YMCA collaboration saying, “Supporting the children and families involved with the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields directly parallels ABC’s mission of “creating the best life for all children”.  We have a great respect for the work that The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League and the Great Miami Valley YMCA does, and we are honored to be a part of a team creating the best baseball experience for the players and their families.  We believe every child should have a baseball experience.”

    Youth Miracle Leagues at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields are organized by the Fairfield Family YMCA, where Branch Executive Director Damon Knoche and his team organize volunteer “buddies” who support the goals of each player finding success on the field. Knoche commented, “In addition to supporting the development of our players, ABC Pediatric Therapy Network’s team of therapists will also serve to provide our volunteers with training opportunities to enhance their own skills in assisting our players.  Starting this April, our youth program will be the first in the country to have such a tremendous collaborative partner serve in this capacity.  The impact that this partnership will have on players, their families and our community of volunteers is priceless.”

    ABC Pediatric Therapy Network’s West Chester headquarters will also host a Youth Miracle League Kickoff Event on Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Licensed therapists will focus player sessions on developing skills at batting, throwing and catching, running the bases, and meeting and interacting with other teammates.  Additionally, volunteer “buddies” will have the opportunity to learn helpful hints to help assist facilitation through sensory processing, learning tips on how to communicate with non-verbal players, and how to properly assist players with adaptive equipment.

    ABC Pediatric Therapy Network is located at 7591 Tylers Place Boulevard in West Chester. For more information about the Youth Miracle League Kickoff Event and other Youth Miracle League opportunities, contact Damon Knoche at


  • Event proceeds used to purchase changing table (February 3, 2015)

    Thank You!  It’s here!  Our changing table arrived today and is now in our family restroom. This is just one of the awesome purchases from our 1st Annual Miracle Ball Fundraiser proceeds. So “much appreciated” and “much needed” for our parents to assist their special needs child/adult if necessary, as well as for our school visits. Again…..”thank you all” who have and continue to contribute toward our goal of providing an experience and a facility to serve our special needs community in a dignified manner.  -Kim Nuxhall


  • HJ Heinz presents check to JNMLF (January 8, 2015)

    Special thanks to our friend John Shavulsky and the HJ Heinz family for continuing their support of The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields and our GMVY Youth Miracle League programs! Pictured L-R: Ben Suttmiller, GMVY Youth Miracle League Volunteer; Damon Knoche, Executive Director of the Fairfield Family Y; Larry Tischler, VP of The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields & Chairman of the Butler County Special Olympics; and John Shavulsky, Plant Manager of Heinz Portion Control in Mason, Ohio.


  • 1st Annual Miracle Ball a “homerun” (January 5, 2015)

    The 1st Annual Miracle Ball fundraising gala was held on November 6, 2014 at the Oscar Event Center in Fairfield, Ohio.

    With over 400 in attendance, special guests, such as Mr. Bob Castellini, Jeff Brantley, Jim Kelch and Thom Brennaman, delivered exceptional speeches on behalf of our guest of honor, Mr. Marty Brennaman. Marty was the recipient of The Joe Nuxhall Award of Excellence in Broadcasting and also enjoyed special messages via letters and videos from baseball greats Bob Uecker, Joe Morgan, Sean Casey, Dick Vitale, Al Michaels, Jeff Idelson and Speaker John Boehner.

    Also included in the program were silent and live auctions, live music from Jade Kurlas and appearances from Teddy Kremer and several vintage baseball players. Local 12’s Bob Herzog emceed the event.

    Event chairs Tara Stroud and Kristy Stagg said “The event exceeded our expectations and we are so thrilled to have been part of such an amazing evening. We are already looking forward to next year!”

    We would like to send a special thank you to everyone who helped make the Miracle Ball such a wonderful event. We couldn’t have done it without the countless volunteers, speakers, board members, sponsors, partners and guests. We thank you for your continued support!


  • 1st Annual Car Show exceeds expectations (September 22, 2014)

    The 1st Annual Cruise-In For Kids car show generated more than $15,000 for The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields to help ensure that “Every kid with every challenge gets every chance to play baseball.”

    Event chairs Steve Crain and Ken Rhodus said that “The attendance and the generosity of the participants went way beyond what we expected.”

    More than 250 vehicle owners came out under threatening skies that would normally have kept cars in the garage.  Car owner Rick Overholtz, displaying a pristine 1966 427-Corvette said that “If it weren’t for Joe Nuxhall and Steve Crain, I wouldn’t have brought my car out today.”

    We can’t thank everyone enough for their support, their time and their efforts in making this event and huge success.  Nonetheless, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!


  • “Pitching for Success” penned by our own Doug Coates (September 22, 2014)

    Joe Nuxhall Miracle League board member Doug Coates recently published a book entitled “Pitching for Success: Character Lessons, The Joe Nuxhall Way” and he has graciously decided to donate part of the profits from his book to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.

    Discussing the book, Doug said, “The book attempts to get kids to understand that good character can be the best determinant of popularity and that you can still be ‘one of the guys’ even if you have to ride the bench once in a while.”

    If you want a great demonstration of how character can effect a child’s popularity you’ll want your youngster to read “Pitching for Success”.

    You can purchase the book at The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields during league games or online directly from the book publisher.  A portion of the proceeds benefit JNMLF.


  • New automatic bat from “May We Help” (September 22, 2014)

    Karlee Thomas tries out a batting machine developed by the organization “May We Help” along with GE Aviation.

    May We Help is a nonprofit organization in Cincinnati, Ohio that recruits skilled engineers to help develop customized devices to assist people with physical or mental disabilities. These devices help individuals in need to engage and experience a better quality of life.

    The machine is designed provide players who can’t swing a bat with the opportunity to get into the batters box and smack a baseball with just the touch of a button.

    A safety interlock is held by a helper, or official, (seen center) to prevent injury to anyone teeing up the ball or approaching the plate before the batter actually “swings”

    A huge debt of gratitude is due the great people from May We Help and GE Aviation.

    Thank you guys!


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