This summer, Madison County formed its first ever Special Olympics softball team. The team is called the Madison County Miracles. They competed in two invitational tournaments, earning metals in Covington Kentucky and taking home first place trophies at the Louisville, Prairie Invitational. The Miracles finished second place in Frankfort, taking home silver metals, in the Regional games. This qualified them to compete in the state games. State games were held September 9-11 in Bowling Green Kentucky. During the state games, the Miracles pulled off a win on the first night of play, Friday night, putting them in the winners bracket. They won again on Saturday, insuring their place in the championship game. They were in it to win it on Sunday, beating the Scott County Reds in a 10-3 victory. The Miracles pulled off an undefeated State tournament, becoming the Kentucky B Division Champions.
“Despite a long journey, getting a new team formed and starting from scratch, we did an amazing job,” said head coach Sherri Barnes. “I am so proud of our team. We have the perfect name, THE MIRACLES, because that is what we saw. Miracles happened, this season.”
Coming up with the funds to start our team was difficult. It takes a lot of money to get started. A special Thanks to Richmond Open MRI and Nathaniel House for their generous donations toward purchasing our uniforms. Thanks to Karla McWhorter for donating new helmets and NSA softball for donating Cleats and bats. Without these sponsors, we could not have formed our team. Also, a special thanks to Chick Filet and Snappy Tomato Pizza for donating food for our banquet. Thank you very much.
The Miracles are coached by head coach Sherri Barnes, assistant coaches, Lloyd Parson, Danielle Lillie and Keith Stewart. They are managed by managers Susan Endler and Lavonda Stewart. Score Keeper is Genene Parson.
Players are: Jordan Barnes, Chase Barnes, Tommy Parson, David Baker, Cythiana Stone, Jason Smitha, Robert Ashcraft, Joel Roberts, George Morgan, Tyler Gay, Mindy McWhorter, Troy Murrell, and Michael Berry.
THIS SEASON IS DEDICATED TO OUR LOVING DIANA BERRY. DIANA WAS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY, A SPECIAL FRIEND TO ALL AND A WONDERFUL MOTHER. “WE DID IT, DIANA!” WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU.
Assistant Director Richmond Parks & Recreation
Local Coordinator Madison County Special Olympics
321 North Second St.
Richmond, KY 40475