Miracle League Of Manasota Inc
8466 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. #344
c/o Mark Nickles
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 No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Daniel L Tellor
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
---Broke ground for the completion of Phase II construction at the park.  This includes permanent handicap restrooms, concessions for our players, parents and volunteers.
---Completed additional sunshades for our volunteers to have shade as well.
---5th Annual Birdland Classic fund rasier, hosted by the Baltimore Orioles which raised $41000.00 for our league.
---Held our 2nd Annual Fantasy Camp, hosted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, where 50 of our athletes took the field with the Pirates and learned some of the fundamentals of the game.
Our goal for this year is to complete construction on phase II by the start of the fall season, We want to make more of an impact on our community so that more children with disabilities know they have a place to go to play the greatest game. 
Needs Statement
At this point we have completed most of our structural needs on Phase II. Here is a list of some additional items that are of more immediate need to close the chapter on this part of our development.
  1. Tables and Chairs 2 sets, four 8' commercial grade folding tables , 32 folding chairs, 8 27" commercial grade fold-in-half card tables  ($1,398 $2,796 $35  $275) 
  2. Utility Cart Reconditioned golf type cart with carrying basket and trailer hitch $4,900
  3. Sound System Basic PA kit: Amp, wired & wireless mics, 2 speakers $900
Background Statement

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 50 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 2015, 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 2015, providing players and their families the love of the game.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
The Miracle League of Manasota is open to players from Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as to those from surrounding counties willing to travel to our centrally located ball park.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type
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 50 players.  Now in the Spring of 2015 we have increased the number of players to 147.  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.         
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 Monitoring
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).
Program Success Examples

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
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 5
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
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
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization Our organizations biggest challenge season after season is making sure we have enough buddies to assist our players at every game.  We have had incredible luck that ever week for the past 5 years has been covered.  Most of our volunteers come from the high schools in our area.  Especially Cardinal Mooney who seem to have a minimum of 20 students at every game.  Those volunteers as well as all the others from the schools around us will eventually graduate.  We hope there is a new crop of amazing young people who will have the conviction and experience the joy of what our organization can do and will continue to do.       
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Daniel L Tellor
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Mar 2016 to Nov 2017
Board Chair Email dantellor5250@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Ellery Carlson Netwise Technologies
Mrs. Sierra Ebersole The Haven
Mr. Bradley Jones Community Haven
Mr Max Levine Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney
Mrs. Jodi L McCoy ESE School
Mr. Richard Morris Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Mr. William Mark Nickles CAPSTAN Financial Consulting Group
Mr. Cameron Parsons Champs Sports
Mr. Jordan J Riccardi Esq.Icard Merrill
Mr. Barron Schimberg The Schimberg Group
Mr. Beaver Shriver The Shriver Group
Mr. Dan L. Tellor Tropicana Products
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $51,000.00
Projected Expenses $49,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$34,278$68,330$50,068
Administration Expense$63,579$7,944$8,126
Fundraising Expense$19,782$5,391$3,569
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.362.232.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses29%84%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%3%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$652,471$609,400$513,863
Current Assets$160,615$256,715$330,339
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11,017$10,275$15,173
Total Net Assets$641,453$599,125$498,690
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $63,520Contributions, gifts, grants $142,453Contributions, gifts, grants $101,970
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $44,215Fundraising $28,811Fundraising $39,622
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $42,858League and Player Revenue $10,212League and Player Revenue $7,063
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.5824.9821.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
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.  For 2015, financial information taken solely from the unaudited financial statements as the Federal tax return was not available at time of review.
Nonprofit Miracle League Of Manasota Inc
Address 8466 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd. #344
c/o Mark Nickles
Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone 941 225-2966