We spoke to the Director of the Miracle League of El Paso, Sandie Olivar. Olivar described the different sports activities they provide to the community. The organization has been in El Paso for over 18 years. Olivar told us about their specialized baseball field which is at Ponder Park. The park is located at 7500 W H Burges Dr. The specialized baseball field has a rubber surface which enable easy mobility for children with disabilities. Initially the Miracle League focused on baseball but has expanded their sports lineup over the years. The Miracle League offers the opportunity for children of all abilities to participate in baseball, basketball, kickball, and soccer. The organization is working on incorporating volleyball into their sports line up.
The Miracle League of El Paso is a community driven organization that is fully funded from the donations from community members. They depend on volunteers to help with their sporting events. Olivar said that there is a small registration fee to participate in their activities. Sports activities will resume in the fall. For information on the different activities or to volunteer, readers can the organization at (915) 779-4770.
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The number of children with disabilities in El Paso, Texas in 2023 is not an exact number, as it is difficult to track and define disabilities. However, according to the 2018 Disability and Employment Status Report for Texas, the prevalence of disability in El Paso County was 11.3%, which is slightly higher than the state average of 11.2%. This means that approximately 113,000 people in El Paso County have a disability, and about 5,800 of those people are children under the age of 18.
It is important to note that these numbers are just estimates, and the actual number of children with disabilities in El Paso may be higher or lower. However, the numbers provide a general idea of how many children in El Paso may need special services or support.
You can visit the Miracle League of El Paso’s website by clicking here.
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Longtime community activist, George Zavala, writes about the disability community in El Paso in The Accessibility Corner. In each article, Zavala writes about the issues faced by those who live with disabilities, the resources available to the disabled community and he addresses how government policy affects those who have a disability.