A Mir­a­cle

The Covington News - - Opinion -

The ef­fort to build a Mir­a­cle League field in New­ton County didn’t oc­cur nat­u­rally – it took lots of time and ef­fort – but it was cer­tainly born out of an ex­pres­sion of love.

This week’s ground­break­ing at the City Pond Park com­plex is the re­sult of the love lo­cals have for this community’s most pre­cious chil­dren.

The idea to build a spe­cially-de­signed base­ball field to reach out to the 2,700-plus hand­i­capped and dis­abled chil­dren in New­ton County and give them the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence first hand the thrill of play­ing the great Amer­i­can pas­time was hailed as a great thing. Lit­tle did any­one know that the soon af­ter the econ­omy would crum­ble.

For­tu­nately for the chil­dren of this county, there were peo­ple who re­fused to let the dream end purely be­cause of eco­nomic con­cerns.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of Tommy Hai­ley and his re­cre­ation staff, spe­cial con­sul­tant Ta­mara Richard­son spear­headed a com­mit­tee of car­ing in­di­vid­u­als who worked tire­lessly to raise funds. Though money slowly drib­bled in over the years, the vol­un­teers did not give up. De­spite their ef­forts, we didn’t ex­pect the field to be built for an­other hand­ful of years.

But then a truly re­mark­able mir­a­cle hap­pened right here in New­ton County. The city of Cov­ing­ton and lo­cal bank New­ton Fed­eral stepped up to the plate, took a mighty swing and hit a home run far out of the park.

In the end, New­ton Fed­eral was the one to step up and loan the $1.5 mil­lion nec­es­sary to com­plete the project.

We can hardly wait to see the happy faces of fam­i­lies as they watch their chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence the joys of play­ing a game so many of us love.

It’s not ev­ery day we get to ex­pe­ri­ence a real mir­a­cle. When we get that op­por­tu­nity, it makes us smile a lit­tle wider and walk a lit­tle taller know­ing that we work and live in county where the words “it can’t be done” aren’t ac­cepted.

Now some­one pass the peanuts and crack­er­jacks.

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