YMCA of Greater Houston Partners with Rice Athletics

Published On: January 21, 2022Categories: News, Press Release

YMCA of Greater Houston Partners with Rice Athletics for Unique Partnership

January 18, 2022 – The YMCA of Greater Houston is excited to announce that the organization has teamed up with Rice Athletics for a unique partnership designed to provide opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

Rice Athletics will serve as a partner for the YMCA’s Miracle League baseball program. Miracle League, one of a variety of adaptive sports programs available at the YMCA, provides children and adults with disabilities the chance to play baseball in a safe, fun atmosphere. YMCA Adaptive Sports provide players, regardless of their ability, the opportunity to play. Athletes play the game with the help of a buddy and play is geared to the ability level of each player.

“We are honored to partner with the Miracle League, YMCA and their adaptive sports programs,” said Tanner Gardner, Chief Operating Office of Rice Athletics. “The opportunity to host children with disabilities for both a Rice Baseball game and Miracle League Baseball game at Reckling Park fits perfectly with our focus on serving the Houston community, and we look forward to providing life-changing experiences for the young, aspiring athletes.”

Rice Athletics will be hosting Miracle League athletes and their families for a special adaptive night at Reckling Park in May 2022. Rice Athletics season ticket owners have the opportunity to donate money/tickets to sponsor an athlete and their family at the game.

“This partnership provides a great opportunity to bring awareness to our adaptive sports programs as well as an opportunity for our athletes and families to connect with a collegiate baseball program,” said Meridith Silcox, ​​Association Director or Access, Ability & Inclusion for the YMCA of Greater Houston. “We are excited to begin this partnership and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of our athletes.”

Learn more about the YMCA of Greater Houston Adaptive Programs.

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About YMCA of Greater Houston

Founded in 1886, today the Y remains committed to the health of more than half a million people in Greater Houston who learn, grow and thrive through programs and services at locations across the Houston area. Strengthening community is our cause. Together, we connect active, engaged Greater Houston Area residents to build a better us.

Rice Athletics Mission and Values
Rice Athletics provides an incubator for student-athletes who crave competitive success and lessons in leadership, teamwork and grit on their path to becoming self-actualizing, proud alumni. We embrace the Rice values of Responsibility, Integrity, Community and Excellence. In athletics, we also seek to embody three complementary core values: Grit, Curiosity and Teamwork.