Kiwanis Miracle League at Prospect Meadows
Prospect Meadows and the metro Kiwanis Clubs have partnered to organize the Kiwanis Miracle League at Prospect Meadows (KML@PM). The Marion Metro Kiwanis Miracle Field removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime.
A primary barrier for these children relates to the natural grass/dirt surfaces typically used for regulation baseball. The KML@PM teams play on a custom-designed, rubberized turf field that accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
With traditional baseball there are additional barriers to participation that relate to specific player abilities. Miracle League games differ from traditional games because they are less about baseball and all about fun! With the Kiwanis Miracle League all player abilities are accommodated with these simple rules:
- Every player bats once each inning (each game has two innings)
- All base runners are safe
- Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last one up hits a grand slam)
- Community volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players
- Every game ends in a tie
The “buddies” who assist each player in hitting the ball and “running” the bases can be fellow schoolmates, parents, college students, business leaders or anyone who wishes to volunteer their time to give a child the gift of baseball. The bond that develops between buddies and players has to be experienced!
Players become “just a regular kid, not a kid with a disability,” while parents can relax and enjoy watching the game- cheering on their child as they round the bases! It’s about so much more than just playing a game. The child’s self-esteem grows, they make friends, and feel less isolated. For volunteers, families and players- the benefits gained by everyone involved are tremendous.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
PLAYERS - The Miracle League is free for children aged 21 and under to play. If your child would like to play in our league CLICK HERE
VOLUNTEERS - Our league will rely on lots of volunteers to make the games safe and fun for our players. We need Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Buddies (aged 14 and up), and general volunteers that are available on Saturdays during our spring and fall seasons.
SPONSORS – To keep the league free and accessible to all players we rely on sponsors and donations. Expenses include equipment, official jerseys for our players and buddy tee shirts given to the volunteers.
- Personal donations can be made at the Kiwanis Miracle League at Prospect Meadows online giving site. CLICK HERE to donate.
- Buddy Tee Shirt Sponsorships: Every volunteer gets to take home a buddy tee shirt. We are offering your company’s logo on the sleeve of all Buddy Shirts. Prices vary by the number of shirts purchased. If this interests you please email us for more details.
- Corporate Banner Sales: Marion Metro Kiwanis holds the BBQ Rendezvous the first Saturday in June each year. The proceeds of this event and banner sales are used to fund our league. Sponsorship packages for the BBQ and Miracle League are being offered to businesses or individuals wanting to get involved. Thousands of people are going to walk by our field every week. Our field is right inside the front gate and will be a great landmark. Your company’s message will be very visible here. CLICK HERE for more information.
Marion Metro Kiwanis Miracle Field
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.
Miracle League 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 Kiwanis 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 grand slam.
There are now 320 Miracle League organizations around the world, including in Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia and Mexico. The Miracle League serves more than 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 pledged $300,000 towards the construction of the Miracle Field and has been a driving force behind getting the field built. With their pledge, they have naming rights to the Miracle Field for the life of the facility. The Kiwanis Club and Prospect Meadows have partnered in operating the Kiwanis Miracle League at Prospect Meadows (KML@PM). The KML@PM will play a spring season and fall season each year. There are sponsorship and volunteer opportunities available for those wanting to get involved with the KML@PM.
Variety - the Children's Charity has donated $25,000 towards the Marion Metro Kiwanis 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.