GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A large donation was given to the West Michigan Miracle League, bringing the organization closer to the construction of Miracle Field, which is a baseball field for children with disabilities.
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded $25,000 to the organization on Wednesday, Jan. 2.
“We are pleased to play a supportive role in the creation of this ball field,” said Diana Sigler, president of GRCF. “Ensuring that opportunities for equal access to sports and recreation are available to kids with disabilities in West Michigan is important to us.”
The WMML is trying to raise a total of $600,000 to construct the field. It will be part of the West Michigan Sports Commision’s 12- field championship baseball and softball complex in Plainfield Township.
“The West Michigan Miracle League has been truly humbled by the community’s support as we strive to meet our fundraising goal, said Tony Comden, president of the WMML. “We are so close, and thrilled to continue seeing the excitement build throughout West Michigan.”
Miracle Field will feature a custom-designed, rubberized turf that accommodates wheelchairs, walkers and other devices. It will also help to prevent injuries.
The WMML uses a buddy system that pairs each player with a peer who can help them play.
Construction of Miracle Field is expected to begin in the spring of 2013. It will be the first baseball field ever created in West Michigan for children with special needs.
Contributions can be made to the WMML by clicking here