Miracle League Of Manasota Inc
8466 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. #344
c/o Robert H Mitchell
Sarasota FL 34243
The mission of the Miracle League of Manasota (MLM) is to provide the opportunity for children and adults with special needs a chance to experience playing baseball in a league-based environment. With a specially designed rubber turf field, MLM can make dreams come true for everyone who desires to play ball just like their brothers, sisters and peers. Anyone with special needs of any type who wishes to play baseball now has the chance to do so.
CEO/Executive Director Laura Tellor
Board Chair Mr. William Mark Nickles
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capstan Financial Consulting Group
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization Miracle League of Manasota, Inc.
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 2008
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $87,850.00
Projected Expenses $71,600.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2015
State Registration 0
-- Began construction of synthetically-surfaced baseball field
-- Raised more than $90,000 from local grant resources
-- Began community fundraising events
     -- The inaugural OriolesReach Birdland Golf Classic, hosted by the Baltimore Orioles which raised more than $26,000 for MLM
     -- A car raffle, giving away a Mercedes SLK, which raised nearly $30,000
-- Conclude construction of the ball field; COMPLETE: concluded in mid February
-- Host Opening Game; COMPLETE: was hosted on Saturday, March 17, 2012 with more than 50 players taking the field
-- Host two seasons of play, Spring and Fall …Spring season March-May; Fall season scheduled for September-November
-- Continue community fundraising efforts
     --Host Second Annual OriolesReach Birdland Golf Classic; COMPLETE: hosted on Feb. 22, 2012 and raised $30,000
     -- Host second car raffle; COMPLETE: on March 31, 2012, gave away a BMW and raised more than $35,000
-- Install permanent sunshades over dugouts and bleachers by start of Fall season

In 1997, Rockdale, GA Youth Baseball Association's coach Eddie Bagwell invited the first disabled child to play baseball on his team; Michael, a seven-year-old boy in a wheelchair attended every game and practice, cheering on his five-year-old brother playing America's favorite pastime.

The Rockdale Youth Baseball Association formed the Miracle League with the mission of providing opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. The new league’s players expressed the desire to dress in uniforms, make plays in the field, and round the bases just like their healthy peers. Thus, the miracle began with a league of 35 players on four teams.

The plan for playing in the league included that every player bats once each inning; all players are safe on the bases; every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up gets a home run); high school-aged kids as 'buddies' to assist the players; each team and each player wins every game.

The Miracle League of Manasota proudly founded its affiliate in 2008, joining the National Miracle League Association. Construction of the field began in late 2011 and was completed in February 2012. Play began on March 17, 2012 with more than 50 players participating. 

Our goal is to complete construction of the ballpark in 2013, which will include a permanent building including handicap-accessible restrooms, concession stand and storage. League strategies are to host more than 150 players in league play over the Spring and Fall seasons in 2013, providing players and their families the love of the game.

Here is an itemized list of things we will need to complete the complex. 
We need to finish construction of the ball park facilities, including a permanent building housing handicap-accessible restrooms, concession stand and storage as well as landscaping valued at approximately $320,000.00

1.  Dumpster for construction period-- $1,500

2.  Landscaping--sod only: $1,000

3   Landscaping-- Trees, plants, labor $3,500

4.  Concrete (foundations, walkways, labor: $32,000)

5.  Vinyl Soffit & Aluminum Fascia: $1,750

6.  Gutters and downspouts:  $1,500

7.  Coil Storage Door: 2,300

8.  Windows: $4,400

9.  Doors, frames and hardaware:  $5,200

10.  Bathroom partitions:  $6,000

11.  Bathroom Accessories:  $3,500

12.  Lift Station:  $28,500

13.  Electrical work including fixtures and labor: $25,000

14.  Pavers and labor-- $7,500 (for "Wall of Fame" and surrounding area)

15.  Fencing, gates & rails and labor ($5,000 for standard--chain link) or ($11,000 for "as planned-- decorative)

16.  ADA Picnic Tables ($1,000 each) x 6

17.  Trash Receptacles ($600 each) x 3

Statement from the Board Chair/Board President Some challenges that we face with the Miracle League is how quickly our organization is growing.  When we started playing in the Spring of 2012 we had 42 players.  Now in the Spring of 2014 we have increased the number of players to 123.  The difficulties with growth of that magnitude is not having enough hours on a Saturday to complete games.  We have talked about adding an additional day or even late afternoon games for our older players but that adds strain to our volunteers/buddy list.  When I got involved with this incredible organization back in the Spring of 2012 as the assistant coach of the Orioles.  I got to witness one of my players go from a wheelchair the first season to walking  the bases the second season to now hitting the pitches I throw to him without assistance.  Being associated with this league and seeing the excitement, pride and growth of these players is the most rewarding thing I do all week.  I accept the challenges ahead of us and look forward to seeing this league of exceptional people continue on for many years to come.  Please come out and see just one game and you will be back.         
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Hillsborough
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Secondary Org Type Human Services
With a specially-designed rubber-turf field, MLM can make dreams come true for everyone who desires to play ball just like their brothers, sisters, peers and heroes.  Anyone with special needs of any type who wishes to play baseball now has the chance to do so.
Budget $190,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success
Introduce a love of baseball as well as a safe and friendly environment for players with disabilities, of all ages.
Long Term Success
Long term, we hope to facilitate networks where players and their caregivers or parents will feels a sense of connectedness, belonging and achievement around baseball.
Program Success Monitored By
Currently, we monitor the success of the program by registration of players.  In the upcoming Fall season, we hope to grow the league to include 150 players (double what we fielded in the Spring, our first season).
Examples of Program Success

MLM success stories are numerous. While a variety of accomplishments are achieved every time our teams take the field, we find we most often celebrate the personal growth of our players.  As an example, as our Spring season began, 10-year-old Tommy came out with his parents but refused to participate without his father taking the field with him, carrying him around the bases.  Challenged by Down Syndrome and ADHD, the initial exposure to the action was a bit overwhelming for him.  Game by game, Tommy found himself more engaged in the field play and by season’s end, he was one of our most enthusiastic and independent players – a joy for both he and his parents.

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Laura Tellor
CEO Term Start Mar 2009
Email lauratellor@hotmail.com
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 100
Contractors 5
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
The Miracle League of Manasota has a public/private partnership with Sarasota County, this includes a 20-year lease of the ballpark property.  The county has invested $550,000 into the construction of the ball field.  The Baltimore Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates have contributed a total of $150,000 toward the construction of the ballpark.
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization2008
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. William Mark Nickles
Company Affiliation Capstan Financial Consulting Group
Board Term Mar 2014 to Mar 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Jodi L Aubin ESE School
Mr. Kit Carlson IMG Academy
Mr. Peter F. Ceccacci CPALakewood Amedex
Mr. Paul Goetz Retired
Mr. Trevor Gooby Pittsburgh Pirates
Lindsey Heider Student at Cardinal Mooney HS
Mr. Bradley Jones Community Haven
Mr. Todd D. Kaplan Esq.Icard Merrill
Max Levine Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney
Mr. Robert H. Mitchell JDMitchell & Company, Inc.
Mr. William Mark Nickles CAPSTAN Financial Consulting Group
Mr. Gregory Pacitti CFPSkyBox Financial
Mr. Cameron Parsons Champs Sports
Mr. Barron Schimberg The Schimberg Group
Mr. Sherwin Taradash CRS, ABR, GRIMichael Saunders & Co.
Mr. Dan L. Tellor Tropicana Products
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Board Meeting Attendance % 64
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 31
Constituency Includes Client Representation
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $87,850.00
Projected Expenses $71,600.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$50,068$14,160$30,268
Administration Expense$8,126$40,535$1,406
Fundraising Expense$3,569$72,175$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.422.273.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%11%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%24%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$513,863$421,556$249,070
Current Assets$330,339$202,806$221,900
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$15,173$10,395$15,700
Total Net Assets$498,690$411,161$233,370
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $101,970Foundations and Corporations $162,728Contributions, gifts, grants $90,241
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $39,622Contributions, gifts, grants $77,989Fundraising $29,217
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountLeague and Player Revenue $7,063Fundraising $72,175Investment income $917
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities21.7719.5114.13
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Construction of Phase II of the Miracle League of Manasota baseball field and pavilion including handicap accessible restrooms, concession stand and sun shades.
Goal $420,000.00
Dates Mar 2012 to Dec 2013
Amount Raised To Date 200000 as of June 2012
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990s or unaudited financial information.  Financial figures were taken from the Federal 990s.
Nonprofit Miracle League Of Manasota Inc
Address 8466 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. #344
c/o Robert H Mitchell
Sarasota, FL 34243
Primary Phone 941 225-2966
CEO/Executive Director Laura Tellor
Board Chair Mr. William Mark Nickles
Board Chair Company Affiliation Capstan Financial Consulting Group
Year of Incorporation 2008