The Miracle League of Corpus Christi, Whataburger and the Corpus Christi Hooks will participate in the event in an effort to raise money to fund the construction of a Miracle League of Corpus Christi Baseball Field.
Between 7 and 11 a.m. that day, the restaurant will be serving up all-you-can-eat pancakes at Whataburger locations in Alice, Aransas Pass, Beeville, Corpus Christi, Cuero, Edna, Falfurrias, Goliad, Ingleside, Kingsville, Portland, Port Aransas, Port Lavaca, Refugio, Robstown, Rockport, Sinton, Taft and Victoria during the event.
All funds raised will go toward building Corpus Christi’s own Miracle League Field, a specially equipped baseball field with cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, enable wheelchair use and wheelchair accessible dugouts.
Tickets are only $3 each.
“We hope to double ticket sales this year and raise $20,000 toward this amazing project,” said Rob Rodriguez, Whataburger Restaurants, LP regional director of operations. “This project is an opportunity for the Corpus Christi community to come together and support a first-class baseball field like South Texas has never seen before.”
Construction on the field, located off Airport Road across from the Gabe Lozano Golf Course, will begin after about $650,000 is raised to cover building costs.
The Miracle League began raising funds in October 2006 and currently has about $115,000 toward the overall goal of $1 million (construction is $700,000, an endowment of $300,000 keeps the nonprofit viable). The organization plans to raise $490,000 by September.
“With the community, the Hooks and Whataburger behind us, we feel confident we will meet our goal and make the field a reality,” said Brian Devaney, Miracle League of Corpus Christi board member. “We thank everyone who participated in last year’s Miracle League Pancake Breakfast and hope they’ll come out and enjoy great pancakes for a great cause again this year.”
“Whataburger and the Hooks have a shared vision of improving the quality of life in our community.
“The Corpus Christi Miracle League Field will enable children and adults with disabilities to experience our great game as participants,” said Ken Schrom, president of the Corpus Christi Hooks. “For that, there is no substitute.”
Started in 1998, the Miracle League has grown to 200 organizations across the country, including Puerto Rico.
The nonprofit organization has provided thousands of children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball.