Softball Star Brittany Mack Helps the Miracle League
Louisiana State University's early exit from the NCAA Women's College World Series last month was admittedly hard on senior Brittany Mack, who pitched a complete game shutout in the Tigers' lone WCWS victory. Helping to soften the blow was the presence of Tyler, a disabled child who made the trip to Oklahoma City with his family after meeting Mack through the Baton Rouge Miracle League, which provides baseball-playing opportunities for children with disabilities. All season, whenever her own schedule allowed, Mack dropped in on Miracle League games to help out on the field or simply observe from the stands. "I know they all appreciate it when I'm there," she says. "Some of the kids can't really talk, but you can tell by how big they smile." In January, she launched "Geaux Play," which established donation bins at LSU home softball games (promoted by a scoreboard video) that by season's end fans had filled with some 4,000 pieces of new and used sports equipment — enough to supply not only the Miracle League, but public schools serving underprivileged children, too. Paul Steinbach caught up with Mack the day before she left Baton Rouge for Orlando to sign a National Pro FastpitchTM contract as the USSSA Pride's number-one overall draft pick.
Q: How did you first learn of the Miracle League?
Q: Were you surprised by the fan response to Geaux Play?
Q: Will you continue to make Miracle League contact now that you're out of school?
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