LANCASTER, MASSACHUSETTS – The 2012 Midnight Ride of Cyclocross (presented by Wheelworks), the first event in New England’s Holy Week of Cyclocross, will benefit the Miracle League of Massachusetts (www.miracleleagueofma.com). Founded in 2008, The Miracle League of Massachusetts provides children with disabilities a chance to play baseball as part of a team in an organized league. Through the efforts of volunteers, parents, and coaches, these children have the opportunity to ‘play ball’ at no cost to their families. A special part of the league involves the use of player ‘buddies,’ who assist players throughout the season, forming bonds that extend beyond the playing field. The commitment of many helps fulfill the motto of the Miracle League, “Every child deserves a chance to play baseball.”

The Miracle League of Massachusetts will be moving to a new facility in Acton, Mass., which will feature a baseball field that includes a completely smooth, cushioned synthetic surface enclosed by a fence. This will provide a safer environment for the players and one that better accommodates the wheelchairs and other walking assistance devices that blaze around the bases. The fundraising goal to fund the field is $425,000, and proceeds from The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross will help toward this goal. “We, as cyclocross participants, often take for granted the opportunities provided to us on a weekly basis to participate in an activity we love. Supporting the Miracle League of Massachusetts is a great opportunity to help those who are in need of assistance to take part in an activity they love,” said Race Director Gary David.

The Midnight Ride of Cyclocross takes place on September 26th at The Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Mass. Registration is now available at www.bikereg.com. Funds for the Miracle League of Massachusetts are being raised through The Miracle League Team Tent Row, donations from event sponsors, and through direct donations at http://miracleleagueofma.com/donate.php