Monday, May 18, 2009
The Miracle League and Field of Southwestern Pennsylvania opened on Saturday in Cranberry Township.
The League is open to all children in the region with physical or cognitive disabilities. It gives them the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league, with the assistance of a buddy who is on the field at all times.
It took nearly three years for the field and league to be built. Donations came from non-profits and from corporations, including Pirates Charities, the Philanthropic Arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Among the donors was second baseman Freddy Sanchez who was born with a clubbed foot. He was at opening day, along with his family and several teammates.
136 children are enrolled in the league. The children play on a rubberized surface made of ground-up tires. It is all one height so there are no tripping impediments and children in wheelchairs or who use walkers can access it.