Miracle League

Miracle League receives $2,500 donation

Through the CLAC Building Communities Together, Anchor Hydro and C.J. Bondy Plumbing made a generous donation of $2,500 to the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

Justin Hunt, born and raised in Amherstburg, owner of Anchor Hydro and C.J. Bondy Plumbing says that giving back to the community is his way to support the town of Amherstburg and Miracle League of Amherstburg.

“Supporting the town and projects within the town is very important to me. I grew up in this town and if we work together, we can make it a positive working and living environment,” said Hunt.

(Submitted photo)

Anchor Hydro is also one of the corporate sponsors of the Miracle League of Amherstburg’s annual golf tournament held every August along with C.J. Bondy Plumbing being a team sponsor.

Chuck Bondy, president of the Miracle League of Amherstburg, would like to thank CLAC, Anchor Hydro, C.J. Bondy Plumbing and Justin for this generous donation and feels that working with each other within the town and its community is a way to build a foundation that will continue to grow and advance for the future.

Miracle League opens this Saturday

 

 

By RTT Staff

 

The 2017 Spring season for the Miracle League of Amherstburg begins this Saturday.

Weather permitting, games will be held at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Miracle League enters the 2017 season with nine teams and is scheduled to last eight consecutive Saturdays with the final week being June 24.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg needs volunteers and those interested can get more information at www.amherstburgmiracle.com or by calling Chuck Bondy at 519-919-4641.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

Abbi-Lynne Dufour heads for home as Hunter the Miracle League Mascot cheers her on.

 

Boys baseball   The General Amherst High School boys baseball team is now 2-3 after splitting a pair of games last week.

They lost 7-4 at the Libro Centre April 24 to Belle River before going on the road and beating Cardinal Carter in Leamington 7-3 last Thursday afternoon. The Bulldogs also defeated Lajeunesse April 21 in Windsor but lost to Herman 2-1 April 19, also in Windsor.

General Amherst hosts Brennan today (May 3) at the Libro Centre with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m.

 

Building safe sports organizations   In keeping with the long history of union participation in supporting sport organizations, the Windsor & District Labour Council is hosting a conversation regarding “Promising Practices in Sport – building safe, inclusive, harassment free organizations.” It will be held tonight (May 3) at the Ciociaro Club in Tecumseh.

Executive Board Members, coaches, volunteers, parents and leaders of all Windsor-Essex sports organizations are encouraged to attend.
Guest speakers will include Niki Lundquist, Legal Counsel, Unifor Legal and Human Rights Departments. She will be discussing legal responsibilities of sports organizations in regards to human rights. Dr. Margery Holman, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor and she is an expert in gender equity including coaching, harassment, hazing, and leadership. Dr. Victoria Paraschak, Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Windsor will also speak. She is an expert in using organizational strengths to effect change and build stronger sports organizations.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.ca and search “Promising Practices in Sport,” call Brian Hogan at 519-999-4418 or e-mail office@wdlc.ca.

Miracle League ends fall season, aims for addition to accessible playground in spring

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Miracle League of Amherstburg concluded its fall season Saturday with the annual Halloween party at the AMA Sportsmen’s Club but the league looks forward to a new addition in the spring.

The Miracle League is working towards having a wheelchair swing added to the accessible playground at the Libro Centre, located next to the Miracle League diamond. Chuck Bondy, president of the Miracle League board of directors, said they are trying to raise $30,000 for the swing.

Cheryl Major was all dressed up for the Miracle League of Amherstburg's Halloween party at the AMA Sportsmen's Club Oct. 29.

Cheryl Major was all dressed up for the Miracle League of Amherstburg’s Halloween party at the AMA Sportsmen’s Club Oct. 29.

“We are still collecting money,” said Bondy.

The Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience Student Association (BCNSA) is planning a fundraiser in January with more fundraisers planned for the future.

“We’re going to go out and raise the funds,” Bondy pledged.

Hailey Connor, Arta Giles, Sean Giles, Wyatt Lajeunesse, Tiana Patterson and Diane Patterson were among the many who enjoyed the Miracle League’s Halloween party last Saturday.

Hailey Connor, Arta Giles, Sean Giles, Wyatt Lajeunesse, Tiana Patterson and Diane Patterson were among the many who enjoyed the Miracle League’s Halloween party last Saturday.

The Miracle League hopes to have the new swing installed by June 2017.

“We saw there are none around. I think the closest one is in Grand Rapids, Michigan,” said Bondy.

Some money has been raised already and the Miracle League is also hoping sponsors step forward to assist the cause. Even if the sponsorships are smaller in nature, it means the project is more of a county-wide initiative, said Bondy.

The nine teams that comprise the Miracle League of Amherstburg took turns in coming out to the AMA Sportsmen’s Club Saturday. Bondy and Peggy Wench-Bondy were among the greeters with them dressed as 2016 U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg closed out its fall season Saturday with a Halloween party at the AMA Sportsmen's Club. Peggy Bondy Winch and Chuck Bondy dressed as U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump while mascot Hunter lets both "candidates" know what he thinks of them.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg closed out its fall season Saturday with a Halloween party at the AMA Sportsmen’s Club. Peggy Bondy Winch and Chuck Bondy dressed as U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump while mascot Hunter lets both “candidates” know what he thinks of them.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” Bondy said of the event.

Golfers hit the links in support of Miracle League of Amherstburg

By Jonathan Martin

The Miracle League of Amherstburg has held a golf tournament at Sutton Creek Golf Club to help fund the installation of a wheelchair-accessible swing at the Libro Centre.

While Miracle League chair Chuck Bondy said it’s unusual for the tournament’s revenue to go towards a capital project, he said he has no doubt that it will succeed.

“We’ve had goals in the past,” he said. “We wanted to put in a big, LED scoreboard where you could watch videos and put up pictures and we got one through an anonymous donation of a serious amount of money. This swing will be in next year.”

Chad Mayrand tees off at the seventh annual Miracle League golf tournament, held at Sutton Creek Golf Club in Amherstburg last Saturday.  The funds raised at the golf tournament will go towards the installation of a wheelchair accessible swing at the Libro Centre.

Chad Mayrand tees off at the seventh annual Miracle League golf tournament, held at Sutton Creek Golf Club in Amherstburg last Saturday. The funds raised at the golf tournament will go towards the installation of a wheelchair accessible swing at the Libro Centre. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

If history is any indication, it seems likely he’s right. According to golf tournament chair Mike Bondy, this is the third year in a row the event has reached its 144-golfer capacity.

“We are incredibly grateful to the community for their support,” Mike Bondy said. “They’ve been with us every step of the way.”

After the swing goes in, Chuck Bondy said he already has an idea of where he wants to go next. He wants to see the Miracle League mascot, named Hunter, jump out of an airplane and land in the Miracle League park, giant baseball head and all.

“This is going to happen too,” Chuck Bondy said.

Presently, he’s looking for someone who skydives.

In the meantime, the two men are focused on getting the wheelchair accessible swing installed in the Libro Centre. According to Chuck Bondy, the swings aren’t cheap and neither are they easy to find.

Nonetheless, he reiterated that the swing will be installed by next year.

The fall season for the Miracle League gets underway Sept. 10.

Husband and wife Miracle League board members receive award

 

 

By Shelbey Hernandez

 

Those who help run the Miracle League of Amherstburg are grateful for an award they received at the second annual Windsor-Essex Accessibility Awards.

There were eight awards presented at the WEAA which was held at the Fogolar Furlan Club June 27. Two members of Amherstburg’s Miracle League board of directors, Chuck and Ann Bondy, won the Barrier Free Access Award. This award recognizes those who remove barriers for those with disabilities.

Chuck is the current board president while Ann also sits on the board.

Ann said although she is grateful for the award, there are many people involved in the league so without the hundreds of people involved in putting it together, it wouldn’t go off as well as it does.

Ann said the most rewarding part of what she does is the experience she is able to provide for those who may not have been able to get into a sport before.

“It’s exciting when you get out there and you watch the players and how much they appreciate being able to do this. They’ve all bonded with each other and their team mates now and their coaches and we’ve developed a whole rapport with their families and with our committee members,” said Ann. “It’s kind of a meeting place now. You show up out there and everybody’s saying, ‘Hi, how are you?’ and excited to be there. Some of the players have been playing with us now since 2009, seven years. So we’ve watched some of them grow up. They may have been five years old when they started and now they’re in their teens.”

The league was started back in 2008 with the first games going off in 2009. Now, they have more than 100 people who play with 19 new players brought in just this spring.

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak and John Lopez of Royal Lepage Binder Real Estate who sponsored the Barrier Free Access award are photographed presenting the award to Ann Bondy and Chuck Bondy during the second annual Windsor-Essex Accessibility Awards held at the Fogolar Furlan Club June 27. The Bondy's started the Miracle League of Amherstburg and so this award was presented to them on behalf of their work in that. (Photo by Shelbey Hernandez)

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak and John Lopez of Royal Lepage Binder Real Estate who sponsored the Barrier Free Access award are photographed presenting the award to Ann Bondy and Chuck Bondy during the second annual Windsor-Essex Accessibility Awards held at the Fogolar Furlan Club June 27. The Bondy’s started the Miracle League of Amherstburg and so this award was presented to them on behalf of their work in that. (Photo by Shelbey Hernandez)

Ann isn’t the only one who knows just how much work is put into the league. Executive director for Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario, Lynn Calder, said speaking on behalf of the nomination committee, the league is very impressive.

“It’s a fully accessible baseball field and it almost looks like a professional baseball field,” said Calder. “Every week when they have baseball games which anybody can play, it’s all people with disabilities who play but able-body people are playing alongside them as well and it’s just a massive celebration every single game. We were just so impressed by the inclusion, by the accessibility of the diamond itself, the involvement of so many people at so many different levels, no detail is left to chance.”

The office building where Calder works is not accessible because the elevator broke a couple years ago. So Calder said the accessibility awards are meant not only to recognize those who work to make Windsor-Essex County a more accessible place, but also to bring awareness to the places that aren’t accessible like the ALSO office building.

Calder said raising awareness and recognizing those who improve accessibility standards is very much necessary. After all, she said even if someone doesn’t have a disability now, they may very well find themselves with one later on down the road.

The Amherstburg Rotary Club originally brought the Miracle League to Amherstburg but the league is now run by its own board.