Let's Play Ball-For All
The sparkle in a child's eye, the smile on their face and the joy in their laughter, is an incredible gift to experience. While many baseball, soccer and athletic fields are filled with the sound and exuberance of children at play, there are many children who are unable to participate. These children are visually impaired or require the use of a wheelchair, walker or other assistive device. In Greater Hartford alone, there are thousands of children participating in special education programs, many with significant physical or cognitive challenges that make it difficult for them to participate in team sports because of the inherent barriers that traditional grass and dirt fields pose. The Miracle League of Connecticut is dedicated to removing these barriers for our young athletes with unique needs thereby allowing them to join their friends and experience the joy and triumph of team sports in their purest form.
|To accomplish this, a specially designed fully accessible field has been built. With the support of the National Miracle League Organization, individuals and local businesses, we built New England's first Miracle League Field. Located adjacent to the University of Connecticut's West Hartford Campus on the corner of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue, the Miracle League Field is centrally located and easily accessible by highway. The completely flat, cushioned, rubberized surface wheelchair accessible field and dugouts has been built surrounded by the traditional grass and dirt baseball/ softball fields of an existing Little League Complex. The Miracle League Field with its surface painted base paths, bases, batter's box, pitcher's mound and home plate, literally levels the playing field to allow our athletes the ability to play the sport like everyone else around them. They can hit, run and catch just like the best.|
An integral part of the Miracle League experience is the "Buddy" system. Buddies are fellow school mates, teenagers, parents, college students or adults, who volunteer their time and assist Miracle League athletes in hitting the ball, "running" the bases and learning the game. As a result, parents, athletes and Buddies of all abilities are brought together, each growing individually from this truly unique community experience.
The Miracle League Field will also be utilized for team sports such as basketball and soccer. Fully accessible restrooms and a barrier free playground are included in the project. The Miracle League Field complex has created an environment where all athletes and siblings can play side by side regardless of their abilities. Parents will have the opportunity to watch and cheer for loved ones knowing that they are accepted just the way they are.
To complete this project, $800,000 is required. We hope that you will join us in this exciting effort to provide our young athletes with unique needs, the rare opportunity to play baseball, America's National Pastime.
Please help us make this Miracle happen!