PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Hundreds turned out Saturday morning for opening day of The West Michigan Miracle League.
The field is a special field made for the West Michigan Miracle League, an organization that provides children with mental and physical disabilities an opportunity to play baseball.
Children like 7-year-old Carson Chase, who has Cerebral Palsy. In the past, Carson could only watch the game from the sidelines as other kids took to the field; but not anymore.
"Up until this morning, he still thought he was going to watch baseball with his cousins. And when I said 'No buddy, this is your turn. This is your turn to shine.' And he's like, 'Me? Play?' And that's...that's everything," Carson's mom Kim said.
The field is made of a specially designed rubber, so kids with physical or mental disabilities can get around with no problem. Miracle League team members are assigned buddies who assist them in hitting the ball and running the bases.
The field, part of the Art Van Sports Complex on 10 Mile Road, is named after Nate Hurwitz. Nate was a 16-year-old boy who had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Hurwitz was a member of the Miracle League board; he passed away in 2012. Organizers say his spirit will live on through the players who now have a chance to play the sports they love.
"We had 40 kids who this morning got up and for the first time ever looked forward to playing a baseball game. And they're putting on a jersey with their name on it for the first time ever. And what an honor and a privilege it is today to be a part of that," West Michigan Miracle League board member Tony Comden told 24 Hour News 8.
The Miracle League became reality from the generous donations of Art Van Furniture and other community sponsors. There will be 12 baseball fields on the complex and plans are in the works to build a playground designed especially for kids with disabilities.
The organization is in need of volunteers to help with games. More information on how to register or volunteer can be found on their website.
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