Midland, Michigan Seeking Community Support for New Miracle League Accessible Baseball Field

The city of Midland, Michigan recently started a campaign to raise money for a new baseball field where people with physical and cognitive disabilities can enjoy accessible sports opportunities. This “Miracle Field” will be made of rubber and completely flat, which will make it easier for participants to move around. Traditional baseball fields can be difficult to navigate for people with mobility issues, in part because assistive equipment (i.e. crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs) can get stuck (1). 

Once the field is complete, it will be home to games run by the Miracle League, an organization focused on promoting inclusive baseball opportunities for children and adults. The Miracle League pairs each disabled athlete with a “buddy” who can help them with the game. There are 240 Miracle League Organizations across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, serving over 200,000 people with disabilities (2).

The Midland Miracle Field will host the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League, and welcome players from Midland, Isabella, Clare, and Gladwin counties. It will not only host Miracle League games, however. It will also provide a setting for other community programs, such as veterans’ activities and movie nights (1). 

In order to bring a new Miracle Field to Midland, community help is needed. Terri Robbins, who is with the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, told WNEM that the total cost of the project is expected to be $1.6 million, but that $1.1 million has already been contributed. Therefore, the City of Midland has started a campaign to raise $50,000 (3). If they do so by the end of April 3rd, 2020, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will provide a matching grant, making the total amount $100,000 (1).

Interested in helping the City of Midland build their Miracle Field?

You can click here to donate! Remember that if you do so by April 3rd, your donation will be doubled by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation!

The Middle of the Mitt Miracle League also welcomes non-financial assistance. You can click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities, including maintenance/construction of the field and participation in their “buddy” program. 

If you have questions about this project, you can direct them to Marcie Post (mpost@midland-mi.org) or call 989-837-6930. 

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Sources

  1. Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2020, from https://cityofmidlandmi.gov/1792/Midland-Miracle-Field 
  2. About. (n.d.). Retrieved February 18, 2020, from https://www.miracleleague.com/about-2/ 
  3. Wolchek, S., & Bryan, W. (2020, February 5). Mid-Michigan city needs community support to build Miracle Field. Retrieved February 18, 2020, from https://www.wnem.com/news/mid-michigan-city-needs-community-support-to-build-miracle-field/article_90c6b2a8-47b0-11ea-9600-87f351de699c.html 

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