Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
In addition to monetary support, you can help the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League by following the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League on Facebook. Click the black button below for involvement opportunities (that do not involve monetary donations).
Midland Parks and Recreation is trying recruit athletes! If you have an athlete that we can contact when we begin registration, please be sure to click the button below to add them to our list!
Interested in being a volunteer buddy and/or your organization or business wants to bring your whole squad? Sign up below.
MIRACLE FIELD UPDATES
Construction is underway! Our crews broke ground this week and we couldn't be more excited. Visit our Middle of the Mitt Facebook page for weekly updates to our construction progress!
Making Miracles Happen in Midland!
The City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department has announced plans for the creation of a Miracle Field in the City’s Central Park. A Miracle Field is a fully accessible soft-surface baseball field for athletes of all ages with physical and cognitive disabilities. The field will be designed as a poured-rubber, barrier-free surface to provide a safe, fully-accessible place for athletes to play baseball. In a Miracle League game, every player hits, runs, and scores, and all players are "buddied" up with volunteer members of the community for each game. Buddies assist with the fundamentals of the game and help foster peer relationships - and have a great time, too! Check out The Miracle League National Office for more information on this amazing program.
Once completed, the field will host the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League with players from Midland, Isabella, Clare, and Gladwin counties eligible to participate in both spring and fall schedules. In addition to hosting Miracle League games, the field will also be the site of a variety of other activities, including movie nights, veterans’ programs, holiday-themed activities, and other community programs. Restrooms and other amenities will also be available to be used by park visitors, concertgoers to the Central Park Bandshell, players on the Central Park pickle ball courts, and more.
Phase I of the construction which includes the field, dugouts, accessible parking spaces in front of the complex and three of the four restrooms has begun. Total cost of the project is estimated at $2.067 million, including a $100,000 endowment fund for future maintenance needs.
What a Miracle Field Means to Me - Carson
Carson loves baseball. Carson also has cerebral palsy, which makes playing baseball on a regular ball diamond very difficult. The Midland Miracle Field will give Carson and other kids with physical or cognitive disabilities a place to play baseball in a safe, barrier-free environment! Watch the video to hear from Carson about what having a Miracle Field in Midland would mean to him.
Generous donations by community partners have have put the project over the $1,100,000 mark to fund initial construction! Thank you to these community partners for their support of the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League:
- Charles J. Strosacker Foundation
- Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
- Midland Area Community Foundation
- Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation
- Michigan Baseball Foundation
- MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland
- Midland 100 Club Members
- Patricia and David Kepler Foundation
- Davis Family Endowment
Parks and Recreation continues to seek additional outside funding from local businesses and organizations who want to sponsor the Miracle Field. Click here to view our Capital Campaign sponsorship brochure below to download more information on sponsorship packages.