City Pond pos­si­ble site for Mir­a­cle League

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

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

Phot cour­tesy of the Mir­a­cle League As­so­ci­a­tion

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.

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