Thank you to all of our players, volunteers and buddies who came out to Miracle Field this year. Let's play ball!

Miracle League of Montgomery County MD's Jim Leder, President and Sean Ryan, League Director

Jim Leder, President &
Sean Ryan, League Director


There is something about playing baseball that lights up a youngster’s eyes. Sadly, for children with physical or mental challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult or impossible experience. The Miracle League of Montgomery County (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization) was formed by the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda to give these children the opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league.

The Miracle League gives ALL children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine, and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form. It is the first of its kind in Maryland, and serves children in the regional DMV, including Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Frederick County, DC, and Northern Virginia.

Our Mission

  • Provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities and their financial circumstances. 
  • Promote community support and sponsorship of a Miracle League.
  • Promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and families.

Washington Nationals Miracle Field

The Washington Nationals Miracle Field was built in 2011 with funding through the Bethesda Kiwanis Club, a sizable bequest from Sid and Roxie Hayes and a very generous donation by the Lerner family, owners of the Washington Nationals.  The field is located in Germantown, Maryland in the South Germantown Recreational Park off of Schaeffer Road, directly across from the soccer complex.  The field is a specially equipped baseball field designed to be accessible by disabled children, providing mentally or physically challenged children the recreation opportunity they deserve.  

Miracle League Games

During Miracle League games, each child will have a chance at bat and to score a run. Miracle League team members are assigned buddies who assist them in hitting the ball and “running” the bases. Fellow schoolmates, members of Kiwanis Key Clubs, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time, will be enlisted as buddies to give each child the gift of baseball. We are always recruiting coaches, buddies, and other team supporters. For more information please email

Our Founder

Jim LederThe Miracle League of Montgomery County, Maryland was founded by Dr. James J. Leder, a dentist and long-time active member of the Bethesda Kiwanis Club. Jim was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated college from the University of Pittsburgh, and then after a stint in the US Navy Reserves, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Dental School in 1959. Dr. Leder operated a successful solo dental practice in Bethesda for many years, and raised a family of three children with his wife, Pat.
In 2008, Jim identified Miracle League as a project to benefit special needs’ kids with legacy funds left to the Bethesda Kiwanis Foundation by generous donors. He lead the efforts over the next several year (along with assistance from Marv Jackson) to identify a field location with the Montgomery County Department of Parks, raise funds from private donors (including the Lerner Family Foundation and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation) and the State of Maryland, oversee the Washington Nationals Miracle Field design from talented landscape architect Grace Fielder, and achieve the construction of the Miracle Field. He helped to create the corporate entity to operate Miracle League, and recruited Board members from the community. Jim was the driving force behind the creation of Miracle League; he was the guy with a vision, a mission, and plenty of passion to make it happen.

When the Miracle League debuted in 2011, Dr. Leder oversaw all of its operations, and worked tirelessly to promote its virtues to parents and special needs’ children. He cultivated many personal relationships with players, parents, volunteers, and key staff in the County’s Recreation Department and Parks Department in those early years. Jim passed away on November 16, 2018. A memorial plaque honors him at the Washington Nationals Miracle Field.

Miracle League goes to the Majors...

Miracle League of Montgomery County MD's Jim Leder, President and Sean Ryan, League Director

Jim Leder, President &
Sean Ryan, League Director