Miracle Smiles: Chants give, receive from soccer league

The Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team had just won a big conference match, a 3-0 shutout at UNC Asheville, just 48 hours earlier.

In doing so, Shaun Docking broke the program’s record for most wins by a coach, and the Chanticleers moved up in the national polls to No. 19.

So how did they celebrate? Same as every Monday, by volunteering their time by playing with the special-needs children of Miracle League Soccer.

“It’s a great opportunity for our team to get to know the kids and see their smiling faces,” Docking said. “Our guys are the ones smiling the biggest.”

The upstart league, an offshoot of the successful Grand Strand Miracle League baseball program, has 56 children participating in its first season. With the help of various groups around the Grand Strand, but especially the CCU soccer team that helps every week, the soccer program is a hit.

But the overnight success has actually been a work in progress for more than two years. Phillips, whose oldest of three sons is autistic, was attending one of his younger brother’s soccer games when the “miracle” was born.

Horry County Parks & Recreation district supervisor saw her and asked if she thought a special-needs soccer league would go over on the Grand Strand and, as the old saying goes, she took the ball and ran with it.

After contacting the baseball-version of the Miracle League for support, using the Internet and Facebook to find prospective players and enlisting the CCU soccer program’s aid, something special was finally born this fall.

“My oldest son was wondering why we were going to his brothers’ games but not his,” Phillips said. “Jason brought up the idea and I knew there had to be more kids and parents out there in my situation. We’ve received so much support from so many people to make it work. It really is a miracle.”

On Monday night’s this fall, dozens of special-needs children volunteers and CCU soccer players meet on the Miracle League baseball field to play. Goals are set up on the field and the action has even spilled out onto the adjoining lawn to make room for more players and more room to roam.

Unlike the baseball games, which have a bit of a fun, festival atmosphere with an announcer and music over the PA, the soccer games are low key. That’s because Burton and Phillips want to specifically cater to children with autism, who often do not respond well to loud noise and big crowds.

“This is perfect, better than we imagined,” Phillips said. “It means so much for the children to have this time every week. It makes a huge difference in their lives.”

The Miracle League Soccer’s fall season comes to an next Monday, but it will be back in the spring, hopefully with even more kids to participate. And Docking and his players will be back too.

“Our guys wouldn’t miss it,” Docking said. “This is one of the things I don’t have to make them do. They look forward to it. I think they get as much out of it as the kids.”

Photo courtesy of Miracle League Soccer

 

CCU suffers heartbreaking triple-OT defeat to Eagles

CCU suffers heartbreaking triple-OT defeat to EaglesCoastal Carolina fell to Georgia Southern 30-27 in triple overtime [more]

Region 6-4A: Seahawks rip Dogs; Falcons stun Chiefs

Region 6-4A: Seahawks rip Dogs; Falcons stun ChiefsOn the first Friday night of the season that could [more]

Region 6-5A: Tigers roar past Bruins; Panthers roll

Region 6-5A: Tigers roar past Bruins; Panthers rollXavier Kinlaw scored four touchdowns and called the game-clinching play [more]

Panthers power up, push through for region crown

Panthers power up, push through for region crownLong before Carolina Forest’s volleyball team clinched another region championship, [more]

Infamous red Jeep back in national spotlight at CMS

Infamous red Jeep back in national spotlight at CMSJust when you thought it was safe to go back [more]

Coast FA holds free soccer ball giveaway

Coast FA holds free soccer ball giveawayYou've heard of taking a free kick in soccer, but [more]

Panthers take region title, four local teams advance

Panthers take region title, four local teams advanceThe Carolina Forest girls golf team captured the Region 6-5A [more]

NMB nips rival MB by one stroke to win region crown

NMB nips rival MB by one stroke to win region crownMonday's Region 6-4A girls golf tournament came down to a [more]

Record crowd sees Chants fall short to Georgia State

Record crowd sees Chants fall short to Georgia StateCoastal Carolina football held the Georgia State Panthers scoreless in [more]

Region 6-5A: Tigers top Braves; Panthers rip SF

Region 6-5A: Tigers top Braves; Panthers rip SFConway appeared to find its identity last week, pummeling West [more]

Region 6-4A: Chiefs suffer first defeat; MB dominates

Region 6-4A: Chiefs suffer first defeat; MB dominatesZayshaun Rice faked a pop pass to a receiver streaking [more]

Thursday Wrapup: MB golf, CF volleyball edge rivals

Thursday Wrapup: MB golf, CF volleyball edge rivalsThe Carolina Forest volleyball team's quest to complete an undefeated [more]

Seahawks QB Doty finalist for elite title of Mr. Football

Seahawks QB Doty finalist for elite title of Mr. Football Luke Doty is already considered one of the best quarterbacks [more]

Tuesday Roundup: NMB, CF sweep on Senior Night

Tuesday Roundup: NMB, CF sweep on Senior NightThe North Myrtle Beach volleyball team celebrated its Senior Night [more]

Edwards making his mark in Gamecock record book

Edwards making his mark in Gamecock record bookBefore Bryan Edwards was breaking records at South Carolina. Before [more]

BUFC, Coast teams prevail at Great Carolina Shootout

BUFC, Coast teams prevail at Great Carolina ShootoutThe Beach United Football Club crowned a pair of champions [more]

Region 6-5A: Tigers light up Knights; Panthers roll

Region 6-5A: Tigers light up Knights; Panthers rollConway returned to its roots Friday night and used a [more]

Region 6-4A: Seahawks, Chiefs dominate debuts

Region 6-4A: Seahawks, Chiefs dominate debutsMany high school quarterbacks would consider what Luke Doty has [more]

Chiefs using top tourneys to prep for 4A title defense

Chiefs using top tourneys to prep for 4A title defenseThe defending Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach volleyball [more]

Thursday Roundup: Region hot streak continues for CF

Thursday Roundup: Region hot streak continues for CFThe Carolina Forest volleyball team, unbeaten in Region 6-5A play, [more]

Carolina Forest swim team sweeps region meet titles

Carolina Forest swim team sweeps region meet titlesCarolina Forest High School's boys and girls swim teams bested [more]

Monday Roundup: Gray, NMB see close seconds

Monday Roundup: Gray, NMB see close secondsFor the second straight week the North Myrtle Beach volleyball [more]

Mountaineers manhandle Chants in Sun Belt opener

Mountaineers manhandle Chants in Sun Belt openerThe Coastal Carolina football team suffered a 56-37 loss at [more]

Week 5: Braves end skid; MB wins ugly Victory Bell

Week 5: Braves end skid; MB wins ugly Victory BellHow do you know when you have a pretty good [more]

Carolina Forest swimmers sweep in regional tuneup

Carolina Forest swimmers sweep in regional tuneupWith the SCHSL regional meets less than one week away, [more]

CCU suffers heartbreaking triple-OT defeat to Eagles

CCU suffers heartbreaking triple-OT defeat to EaglesCoastal Carolina fell to Georgia Southern 30-27 in triple overtime [more]

Region 6-4A: Seahawks rip Dogs; Falcons stun Chiefs

Region 6-4A: Seahawks rip Dogs; Falcons stun ChiefsOn the first Friday night of the season that could [more]

One response to “Miracle Smiles: Chants give, receive from soccer league”

  1. Jennifer Phillips says:

    Great article!!!!!!!

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach