The Miracle League of San Diego awarded three local graduating seniors with “Outstanding Service Awards” for regularly and selflessly volunteering as a Miracle League Buddy. The Miracle League of San Diego is a non-profit organization that gives children with disabilities a chance to play baseball as part of a team in an organized league. Buddies are paired with one player for the entire season.
Niko Gegakis, Torrey Pines High School, Stephanie Saap, Pacific Ridge School and Christine Shuman, La Costa Canyon High School, were each awarded special plaques and a $250 scholarship check during a special ceremony on May 19 at Engel Family Field in Del Mar.
Niko has been with The Miracle League since his freshman year in high school. He has been a buddy for Bailey Townsend on the Orioles for two years. Niko graduates in June and will study electrical engineering at the University of Rochester.
Stephanie has been a Miracle League buddy since its inception and has enjoyed making friends with the entire Storm team. She enjoys her Saturdays with Miracle League and calls the field her “happy place.” Stephanie will be attending Stanford University in September to study anthropology and biology.
Christine has volunteered as a Miracle League buddy for the red Sox during each of the past eight seasons. Christine will be heading to the University of South Carolina in the fall to pursue an education degree.
On hand to celebrate the inspirational volunteers were NBC 7 San Diego News Anchors Jason Austell and Catherine Garcia. Also presented with a “Photographer of the Year” award was Nick Brumbach, who spends his Saturdays taking pictures at the Miracle League field. Nick posts his photos at newsandiegomiracleleaguephotos.shutterfly.com.