A FIELD OF DREAMS
Rain can’t put a damper on smiles at the Miracle League opening.
A field of dreams has become a miracle. Before Newton County Recreation’s Miracle League Field had its grand opening on Saturday, parents and special needs children were forced to travel to Rockdale to play in its Miracle League. Now, after years of planning, development, bad weather and more bad weather, the Miracle League of Newton County is a reality.
“It’s awesome because kids like my daughter, we don’t have to travel as far to play now and [we] know that she’s with good company,” Laurie Gates, whose daughter plays for the Rays, said. “They’ve done all of this for kids so they can play a game just like everybody else. It’s a beautiful field and it’s been so many people that did a lot of things for this to come true in Newton County and it’s great. We appreciate everything that everybody’s done.”
“It’s very exciting,” Tommy Hailey, former Newton County Recreation Commission Director, said. “You see something you were able to be a part of starting and overcoming obstacles that we’ve had to overcome with the weather throughout the year. It’s just great to be here and be a part of it.”
The Miracle League has 72 athletes that are split up into six teams, with 12 athletes per team. For this season at least, all games will be played on Saturday, but as they add more ath- letes they will look to add more days to play games. The current Spring season started late and will last through June 6. In the future the spring season will start sooner and each season will be approximately eight weeks.
“We needed a therapeutic recreation program here,” Hailey said. “It had to start from somewhere, but I can’t think of a better way for it to start here. I hope this opens the door
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