City Pond possible site for Miracle League
The Newton County Recreation Commission, led by director Tommy Hailey, is looking into the possibility of bringing a Miracle League baseball next year.
“This is probably one of the most exciting projects we’ve tried to endure,” Hailey said at a recent meeting to gauge the public’s interest. “It is not something that can be done in house. It’s going to take a total team effort from our community.”
The Miracle League is a baseball league for children and young adults with special needs. The facility is constructed to meet the needs of those in wheelchairs or who use crutches or walkers. Instead of a traditional rubberized material, made up of recycled tires. The surface is similar to the running tracks found at many high schools and college campuses.
“We found that the reason children with disabilities don’t participate more in organized sports is because of the venue,” national executive director Dianne Alford said. “Over our lifetime, we have adjusted baseball
Take me out to the ball game: A Miracle League field in Newton County would look similar to this one in Alabama. The rubberized turf provides a surface suitable for special needs children and wheel chairs.