The Miracle Field at Prospect Meadows

Imagine being able to share the feelings, lessons and memories of baseball and softball with a child who can't walk-let alone run.

Prospect Meadows will make it possible, with the truly inspiring Miracle Field.

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Tatum Ashford, 6, hits off a tee at the Will Norton Miracle Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Miracle Leagues baseball began in Georgia in 1998. In April of 2000, the first Miracle League Field opened in an Atlanta suburb and spurred a nationwide movement to ensure every child - even those with special needs - has a chance to play baseball. The Prospect Meadows Miracle Field will feature:

  • A cushioned, rubberized surface to prevent injuries
  • Wheelchair-accessible dugouts
  • A completely flat surface to eliminate barriers for wheelchairs

In the Miracle League, special-needs players are paired with buddies who assist them and cheer them on. Every player gets to bat once each inning; every player is safe on bases; every player gets to round the bases and score each inning; and the last player in a lineup always hits a home run.

There are now 320 Miracle League organizations around the world, including in Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and Mexico. The Miracle League serves more then 200,000 children and youth adults with disabilities. Presently, the nearest Miracle Field to our area is in Des Moines.

The Marion Metro Kiwanis Club has donated $150,000 towards the construction of the Miracle Field and has been a driving force behind getting the field built.  The Kiwanis Club and Prospect Meadows have partnered in operating the Miracle League at Prospect Meadows.  The Miracle League will play a spring season and fall season each year.  There are sponsorship opportunities available for the Miracle League.

Variety - the Children's Charity has donated $25,000 towards the Miracle Field and has naming rights to the 1st base side dugout for the life of the facility.  Variety is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children.  Funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children throughout Iowa.  For more information on how you can be a part of Variety's work, please visit varietyiowa.com.

No one is more excited about The Prospect Meadows Miracle Field than Charlie Becker, the executive director for Camp Courageous, a year-round camp for people with disabilities. Having the Miracle Field less than 30 minutes from Camp Courageous will have a profound impact on the community Charlie and his programs serve.