Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Sun Sentinel.
Chris Nikic is used to breaking barriers, and last year he became the first person with Down syndrome to finish an Ironman triathlon.
The 22-year-old Maitland, Florida resident’s efforts earned him the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance as part of the recent 2021 ESPN ESPYS and he will be the celebrity guest speaker at the sixth annual “Keeping the Dream Alive” Dinner on the Diamond at Miller Park, 1905 SW Fourth Ave., in Delray Beach from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20.
“The ‘Dream’ is not just about bringing back the players and maintaining the facilities but also keeping the League sustainable for years to come,” said Julia Kadel, who founded the Miracle League of Palm Beach County with her husband Jeff 15 years ago. “We pray that people can join us as we celebrate 15 years of smiles, 15 years of friendships and 15 years of allowing children with special needs to dream big.”
The event will also include dinner, dancing as well as a silent/live auction. Kadel said past fundraising and annual Dinner on the Diamond events have allowed them to keep Miracle League fee-free for all players while also upgrading their facilities to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.
In the past, the donations have gone toward the resurfacing of the field, playground, lights and a digital scoreboard where the athletes will be able to see themselves during the game.
Country music and Nashville recording artist the Tom Jackson Band will perform during the evening.