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ALS Association - Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter
The ALS Association, Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, is dedicated to providing hope and help to those facing Lou Gehrig's disease. Their efforts include but are not limited to research, patient and community services, public education and advocacy. Get involved today and see how you can help in the fight against ALS. More »

Durham Bulls
USA Baseball and the Durham Bulls, Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, have had a close-standing relationship since USA Baseball relocated to the North Carolina in 2003. Together the two bring the joy of America's favorite pastime to the Triangle area. More »

"Extra Innings" Triangle-Area Networking Event
Since 2008, USA Baseball has invited the local business community to come out and enjoy a night of food, networking and baseball. Find out how you can attend or get involved in one of the best events of the summer. More »

Host Family Program
Becoming a USA Baseball host family is a unique experience for local Triangle-area families. Sign up today to host the top amateur baseball players in the country this summer and create memories that will last a lifetime. More »

Pitch in for Baseball (Equipment Donation)
USA Baseball is committed to spreading the joy of baseball across the world. Pitch in for Baseball is an organization that helps gather and distribute baseball equipment to kids around the world. Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy America's pastime as much as we do. More »

Triangle Miracle League
Every kid deserves the chance to play baseball, and the Triangle Miracle League provides special needs kids with that opportunity. Learn more about how the Triangle Miracle League is creating a positive life experience for their players and families through the sport of baseball. More »

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ALS Association - Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter
Baseball would not be the same without legend Lou Gehrig, who ended his baseball career early due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Since 1985, the ALS Association has been dedicated to providing hope and help to those fighting ALS and their families.

USA Baseball formed a relationship with the local chapter of the ALS Association in its home of Cary, N.C. The Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter is named for the North Carolina native and Hall of Fame pitcher. Over the past few years, USA Baseball and the ALS Association have teamed up to raise awareness and pay tribute to a disease that has taken some baseball greats.

USA Baseball and the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter have hosted an ALS Awareness Night each summer since 2009, when all Team USA players donned No. 4 to honor Lou Gehrig. (USA Baseball)

Since 2009, USA Baseball and the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter have hosted an ALS Awareness Night during the summer. On July 4, 2009, baseball celebrated the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's farewell-to-baseball speech. The USA Baseball College National Team wore No. 4 jerseys to honor Gehrig in its game against Guatemala at the Durham Bulls Baseball Park. In conjunction with Major League Baseball, Gehrig's farewell-to-baseball speech was recited postgame, followed by a fireworks show.

In 2010, another tradition was started when USA Baseball's 18U National Team hosted an ALS Association fundraising clinic at the National Training Complex in Cary before the team left compete in the IBAF "AAA" World Championships in Thunder Bay, Canada. For a small donation, more than 100 local kids, ages 12 and under, enjoyed a day of instruction competition and games with the 18U National Team. Players signed autographs and had a great time supporting a good cause. In 2011, the benefit clinic will take place on June 27.

The Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter and USA Baseball support each other through varies events including the USA Baseball "Extra Innings" Triangle-Area Networking Event and the ALS Association "Catfish Classic". A positive relationship has been formed between the two organizations and will only grow in years to come.

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Triangle Miracle League
The Miracle League is a wonderful organization that provides every kid a chance to play baseball. Special-needs kids don't always have the opportunities to participate in sports, but the Miracle League believes that all kids should experience the love and the joy the game of baseball can bring.

USA Baseball volunteers its time at the Triangle Miracle League each year. (USA Baseball)

The Miracle League formed the Triangle Miracle League to reach specials-needs kids in the Raleigh-Durham-Cary area in North Carolina. In 2006, the Triangle Miracle League opened their own field of dreams with the help of Andy's Foundation, a wonderful support system of staff and community volunteers. For two seasons during the year, special-needs kids ages 5 and up, their families and members of the community are welcome to participate in fulfilling the Triangle Miracle League's mission of creating positive life experiences for kids with special needs and their families through baseball.

Due to the unique schedule of the USA Baseball National Teams it's rare for a USA Baseball National Team and the Triangle Miracle League to be in season at the same time. Luckily, in 2009 everything fell into place and the USA Baseball 18U National Team went out, in uniform, to volunteer for a few of the Triangle Miracle League games. We were lucky enough to capture some of these heartwarming moments on camera.

In 2011, it was the overall consensus of USA Baseball to expand their relationship with the Triangle Miracle League. In the future USA Baseball will not only host the Triangle Miracle League at the National Training Complex but will spend time at the Andy's Foundation Field volunteering and sharing the love of baseball with the players and families. Together we hope to provide positive, life-changing experiences for not only the Triangle Miracle League players, but the USA Baseball players and staff as well.

Check out the Triangle Miracle League to see how you can take part in making miracles happen.