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Fundrais­ing events con­tinue push for Mir­a­cle League field

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs jbriggs@cov­news.com

The push to bring a Mir­a­cle League fa­cil­ity to New­ton County con­tin­ues with a pair of up­com­ing fundrais­ers.

First up is the sec­ond an­nual Let’s Make a Mir­a­cle Car & Bike Show Aug. 6 at Turner Lake Com­plex. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to any­one who wants to show a car, truck or mo­tor­cy­cle. Car reg­is­tra­tion is $20 the day of the show. Ad­mis­sion is free.

From Aug. 26-28, the New­ton County Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion will be host­ing the Mir­a­cle League Clas­sic, an open base­ball tourna- ment for teams of play­ers ages 9-14. The games will be played at City Pond Park and Turner Lake. The team fee is $350 and is due in ad­vance no later than Aug. 15.

The pro­ceeds from both events will go to­ward the over­all fund to build a Mir­a­cle League fa­cil­ity next to City Pond Park. So far, the NCRC has raised ap­prox­i­mately $191,000 of the $2 mil­lion price tag for the fa­cil­ity through pri­vate and cor­po­rate do­na­tions, grants and var­i­ous fundrais­ers. The Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion's ef­forts, led by Ta­mara Richard­son, con­tinue to look for fund­ing through var­i­ous chan­nels. Ac­cord­ing to Richard­son, the fundrais­ers not only raise money but aware­ness of the Mir­a­cle League con­cept.

The fa­cil­ity would in­clude a Mir­a­cle League field and two T-league fields com­plete with ar­ti­fi­cial turf. The Mir­a­cle League field is spe­cially de­signed for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties as the play­ing sur­face is smooth and wheel chair and roller­walker friendly. The fa­cil­ity also in­cludes a fully hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble play­ground, con­ces­sion stand, re­strooms and meet­ing fa­cil­ity.

Richard­son said the $2 mil­lion price tag with be less­ened some­what by the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions which has com­mit­ted to pro­vide the la­bor to build the fa­cil­ity. She said that could knock 30-45 per­cent off the bot­tom line.

In ad­di­tion to the funds raised to date, the NCRC will re­ceive $1.5 mil­lion from the re­cent SPLOST passed in March. The Mir­a­cle League pro­ject was one of those on the SPLOST ref­er­en­dum that New­ton County vot­ers voted to ap­prove.

For more de­tails on the Mir­a­cle League pro­ject an ei­ther of the two or fu­ture fundrais­ers, visit www. new­ton­recre­ation.com. If you would like to make a do­na­tion you can con­tact Richard­son at trichard­son@ co.new­ton.ga.us or 770-7864373, ext. 14.

Photo cour­tesy of the Mir­a­cle League

Fundrais­ing for a pro­posed Mir­a­cle League field in New­ton County, like this one seen in Salt Lake City, con­tin­ues with a car a bike show Aug. 6 and a base­ball tour­na­ment Aug. 26-28.

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