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Miracle League in Joplin offers baseball for kids with disabilities

One league in Joplin is trying to perform a miracle - to change a perception about America's favorite pastime and show there's more to baseball than just winning or losing.

Ron Fauss helps coach the Cardinals in their game against the Giants.

These are not professional baseball players but all-stars in a league of their own.

Fauss coaches for The Miracle League of Joplin, an organization that gives children between the ages of five and 21 who have disabilities the chance to play baseball.

His daughter plays for the Cardinals.

"She loves not only coming out here and playing, obviously, and wearing the uniform, but she loves seeing the other players, and she loves helping the other players and giving them hugs," said Ron Fauss.

Above all else, Fauss says, his daughter loves the encouragement she receives and loves sharing it with the other plays at Will Norton Miracle Field.

The field is named after Will Norton who died in the Joplin tornado on his way home from his high school graduation.

"It really embodies what his whole life was about, helping those who needed a little extra help," said Mark Norton, Will's father.

"He was always volunteering for things, and he had a big heart," said Trish Norton, Will's mother.

Will's family describes him as humble, generous, an all-around good kid who was thoughtful and considerate toward others.

"He was always so kind to everyone. He wanted everyone to fit in. I really think that he would love this field because that's what this field is all about," said, Sara Oserowsky, Will's sister.

For Fauss, the field is a place of hope and opportunity for his daughter and the other players.

He says The Miracle League of Joplin has taught him and his family humility and happiness.

"No matter how bad your day is going, or no matter how you're feeling, or you're feeling sorry for yourself, you know, things could always be worse," Fauss said.

Sometimes, it's the little things in life that make the biggest impact.

More than 80 players are registered with The Miracle League of Joplin this year.

Half of them return from previous seasons.

22 of the players have been with the Miracle League since its first game in the spring of 2013.

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