The Miracle League is about making miracles happen.
The organization “removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime,” according to its mission statement.
Saturday, March 2, the Valdosta chapter of Miracle League officially opens the long-awaited specialized field at Freedom Park.
For years, Miracle League has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build the field and continues raising money. The field and its surrounding complex have a $5 million price tag, according to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority.
It should make the Miracle League a safer and more exceptional experience for all participants.
But it will not only benefit the Miracle League, the field will be available through the Valdosta-Lowndes Parks & Recreation Authority for other services, groups and school classrooms serving disabled children.
With each Miracle League season, more players register, creating more teams and more opportunities.
Miracle League started in Conyers in 2000.
From Georgia, the Miracle League spread to teams in South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia, Illinois and California.
Hundreds of Miracle League organizations serve more than 200,000 disabled children and adults in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
The ceremony and grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Freedom Park. The public is invited to the event which is scheduled to feature games, music and food.
Organizers urge attendees to bring a glove and a ball to play catch on the new fields.
The smiles on the faces of the children and adults participating in a Miracle League baseball game stand as evidence that miracles do happen.