A FIELD OF DREAMS

Rain can’t put a damper on smiles at the Mir­a­cle League open­ing.

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SHAKEEM HOLLOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

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

Dar­rell Everidge / The Cov­ing­ton News

Dar­rell Everidge / The Cov­ing­ton News

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