Mir­a­cle League inch­ing closer

The Covington News - - Front Page - JOSH BRIGGS SPORTS EDI­TOR

Base­ball is Amer­ica's pas­time. You’ve prob­a­bly heard the old adage, so-inso is Amer­i­can as base­ball and ap­ple pie. Kids play it while grow­ing up and many of us are loyal to the Braves (and in my case, the Gi­ants) for life. Sim­ply put, Amer­i­cans love their base­ball. But for many chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, base­ball is only a dream.

The New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion, backed by many com­mu­nity lead­ers, is work­ing very hard to make that dream a re­al­ity. For the past three years, there has been a se­ri­ous push to bring a Mir­a­cle League fa­cil­ity to New­ton County. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talk­ing about, the Mir­a­cle League is a league for youths with dis­abil­i­ties. But in or­der for those with dis­abil­i­ties to play in it, there must be a spe­cially de­signed

fa­cil­ity to ac­com­mo­date wheel­chairs and other chal­lenges chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties face.

If we bring noth­ing else to New­ton County in the near fu­ture, we need to bring in this fa­cil­ity. Sure, a lot of lo­cal res­i­dents in­clud­ing my­self would love to see a Tar­get or a cou­ple of new restau­rants come to the county but those en­deav­ors aren’t as needed as a Mir­a­cle League field.

Bring­ing a Mir­a­cle League field here will do so much for those chil­dren who will use it. Think about it for a sec­ond. We face pres­sures in life ev­ery day. We face fi­nan­cial prob­lems and are al­ways won­der­ing whether we will have a job each day be­cause as you all know, noth­ing in this world is guar­an­teed and the econ­omy doesn’t seem to be get­ting any bet­ter. We face con­straints in our per­sonal re­la­tion­ships and how many of you feel good about your re­tire­ment fund? But these prob­lems pale in com­par­i­son to a fam­ily that lives an en­tirely dif­fer­ent life in or­der to ac­com­mo­date a child with spe­cial needs.

The next time you are strug­gling with what brand of HDTV you want to pur­chase, take a sec­ond to think about the Mir­a­cle League con­cept and more im­por­tantly, the chil­dren who will never un­der­stand the value of a $2,000 TV. I'm not say­ing you should walk out of the store and head down to the Rec. Depart­ment at Turner Lake and write them a check in­stead. I'm sim­ply say­ing you should think about what’s im­por­tant in life. These chil­dren had no choice be­ing born with a dis­abil­ity. Con­versely, if you are read­ing this, you are one of the for­tu­nate ones like me to be dis­abil­ity free.

It’s our duty to un­der­stand that the daily tri­als and tribu­la­tions are part of life, but they don’t de­fine it. If you can help, you are more than wel­come to. We won’t run a story on it and I doubt any­one out­side of Tommy Hai­ley’s staff at Turner Lake will ever know. But you will know in­side that you re­ally did help make a dif­fer­ence. That’s mak­ing a mir­a­cle a re­al­ity.

Photo cour­tesy of Mir­a­cle League

The Mir­a­cle League would bring smiles to all in­volved by giv­ing chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties a base­ball field de­signed to meet their needs.

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