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Matt Walker CEO

Matthew Walker is driven to encourage, inspire, empower, and provide real opportunities for individuals with various disabilities to break down barriers, overcome obstacles and reach their fullest potential.

Born with cerebral palsy, Matthew is no stranger to the personal, professional, and everyday challenges that face people with disabilities and their families. He is a working example, demonstrating the can and do capabilities of people with various disabilities to positively impact our communities and make massive differences in the lives of people.

In 2005, at the age of eleven, Matthew and his wheelchair was invited by the Vice President of Communications of The Tampa Bay Rays Organization to be The Youth Voice of The Tampa Bay Rays on a trial basis, assisting with radio and TV broadcasts, play-by-play announcing and interviewing players, coaches, celebrities, and community leaders. His trial period was short-lived; it ended after his first three-game series. He spent 13 additional seasons with The Rays Organization.

In 2018, with a small team and limited resources, he put his passion, enthusiasm and unrelenting commitment to his vision into action and created Miracle By The Bay, an organization dedicated to and serves as President and CEO.

Matthew and Miracle By The Bay are frequently recognized by public and private community organizations in the greater Tampa Bay area for their contributions as advocates for the disabled and the numerous outreach programs sponsored by the Miracle By The Bay Organization and it’s partners. These events include ROC The Barriers, Special Needs Field Day, Miracle By The Bay Baseball, Thanksgiving Holiday Season of Giving, and Holiday Season of Giving | Toy and Food collection and distribution.

These community programs are frequently featured on television, radio, print and social media platforms.

Matthew’s passion, drive, determination, enthusiasm and “can and will do” spirit drives the growth, the reach and exponentially increases the number of individuals and families we look to serve.”