Kids with disabilities play ball to fund accessible field

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

SCHOOLCRAFT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Southwest Michigan Miracle League is hosting a baseball game for children with disabilities Friday evening.

“The Night of Miracles” begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Dome Sports Center off US-131 north of Schoolcraft.

A team of kids from the Southwest Michigan Miracle League will play a team from the West Michigan Miracle League, which is based in Rockford. Each child will be paired with a buddy from the Western Michigan University baseball team to help them.

Proceeds will go to the Southwest Michigan Miracle League’s effort to to build a custom accessible baseball field near The Dome Sports Center. The closest such field is in Rockford.

“We are developing a robot, a robotic bat so that they can just push a button and it will swing it for them,” SMML President Jud Hoff told News 8. “But whether they do it themselves or the machine does it, you’ll still see that biggest smile ever when that ball comes off that bat and they’re heading down to first base.”

The group has already raised about a third of its $1.1 million goal, thanks in parts to grants from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation of greater Kalamazoo and the Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation in Kalamazoo.

—News 8’s Kyle Mitchell contributed to this report.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Know something newsworthy? Report It!

News 8 Links