Written by: 
Anthony Simone
Photography by: 
Pete Comparoni

After years of creating a diverse portfolio in business, Jeff Fisher ('93) has finally found his calling in life.

Jeff Fisher

Fisher created the North Texas chapter of The Miracle League, a nonprofit organization that allows mentally and physically disabled children to play baseball. Originating in Atlanta, The Miracle League currently has 300 chapters nationwide.

"To see nine-year-old boys have the maturity to push wheelchairs and hold other kids' hands and help these amazing athletes get to experience what they had experienced on the baseball field, just in a different way, it brought back the true joy and love of the game of baseball," Fisher says.

Fisher played baseball in high school, but the spark that led him to create the North Texas branch chapter didn't ignite until he coached his son's baseball team.

"I was looking for ways that my son's team could give back to the community," he says.

Once Fisher learned about The Miracle League, he began volunteering with the organization's Arlington chapter. After seeing how impactful the league was and fielding requests from the kids he coached, he felt called to initiate a new chapter.

Initially, the only field that games were played on was at Bakersfield Park in Flower Mound. Last fall, Evers Park in Denton became the second field to be added to the North Texas chapter, which started with 22 kids.

This spring, there are 37 kids who are getting the chance to experience America's pastime on the field instead of from the bleachers.

"I think the special needs community will accept us and adopt us and realize that we're here for a few things -- fun, joy, love, inclusion and acceptance," Fisher says.

Jeff Fisher

Fisher draws on his business and life experiences to lead the league. His professional journey started in the dorms of Crumley Hall in 1990, as an undergraduate majoring in marketing and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Fisher says his years at UNT were formative in shaping his future accomplishments, including his time as a marketing specialist at IBM, an account executive at technology company Lenovo and a regional sales manager at visual communications company OneVision Solutions. No matter what company he landed in, he remained reminiscent of where he started.

"Seeing the campus change, seeing myself change, it's kind of hand-in-hand," he says. "The campus has changed so much in 30 years and I have changed a lot in those 30 years, just from the life experiences that I've had."

The Miracle League is now Fisher's full-time job. He receives support and volunteer work from his wife and kids, who add more motivation to his mission of aiding the special needs community.

"You can't get much better family time than that," Fisher says. "Vacations are great, but the stories that we come home with after Miracle League Saturdays are a lot of fun to share."