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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 Club (MMK) has pledged $300,000 towards the construction of the Miracle Field and has naming rights for the life of the facility.  Variety - the Children's Charity has donated $25,000 towards the naming rights for the 1st base dugout, and the Washington County Riverboat Foundation has donated $56,491 for naming rights to the 3rd base dugout.

The MMK 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.  The main barriers for these children arise from 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 assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.

But it’s more than playing a game. The Kiwanis Miracle League is about making new friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes.  To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer.  The result is a bond that cannot be described. The Kiwanis Miracle League serves children and adults with physical or mental disabilities, which causes them to be excluded, whether intentionally or not, from conventional baseball leagues.

During each Kiwanis Miracle League game every player is given an opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. Team members are assigned “buddies” who assist them in hitting the ball and “running” the bases. Buddies 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.  Parents can relax and enjoy watching the game, cheering on their child as they round the bases.

The rules are simple:

  • 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 point of the game is less about baseball and more about fun! The benefits gained by everyone involved are tremendous. The child’s self-esteem grows, they make friends, feel less isolated and “just become a regular kid, not a kid with a disability.”

Ways to Get Involved

The Miracle League is free for children to play, so we rely on sponsors and donations to operate the Miracle League at Prospect Meadows.  The Kiwanis Miracle League at Prospect Meadows is offering sponsorship packages for businesses or individuals wanting to get involved.  Contact Byron Tabor at kiwanismiracleleague@prospectmeadows.com for more information on how you can help.

Sponsorship Packages

$5,000 - Presenting Sponsor

  • A 5’x 18’ banner of your design displayed inside of the Miracle League Field
  • Your company logo (largest) on our website, all posters, and printed materials
  • Your company included in our Facebook posts for the BBQ Rendezvous
  • A display area and introduction at the BBQ Rendezvous during the event
  • Your 5’x 18’ banner displayed above the stage during the BBQ Rendezvous event
  • Mention on all media ads and interviews
  • Invitation to the ribbon cutting this summer. First pitch in subsequent years
  • Right of first refusal for the following year’s BBQ event
  • First pick of volunteer spots for each season

$4,000 - Platinum Sponsor

  • A 5’x 14’ banner of your design displayed inside of the Miracle League Field
  • Your company logo (large) on our website, all posters, and printed materials
  • Your company included in our Facebook posts for the BBQ Rendezvous
  • A display area at the BBQ Rendezvous during the event
  • Your 5’x14’ banner displayed next to the stage during the event
  • Right of first refusal for the following year’s BBQ event
  • Second and third pick for volunteer spots for each season

$3,000 - Premier Sponsor

  • $2,500/yr for 3 years or $2,000/yr for 5 years
  • A 5’x 9’ banner of your design displayed inside of the Miracle League Field
  • Your company logo (medium) on our website
  • Your company included in our Facebook posts for the BBQ Rendezvous
  • Right of first refusal (does not apply to multi-sponsor buys)
  • Access to the volunteer sign up before the general public

$500 - League Sponsor

  • A four square foot banner displayed on the outside of the Miracle League Field
  • Your company logo (small) on our website