CORINTH — City officials are hoping that a new agreement with the nonprofit Miracle League will open a door for local children with disabilities to play baseball and also add an identity for the city.
About two years ago, the Miracle League of Corinth began working with city staff to develop an agreement for the construction of a Miracle Field at Corinth Community Park, and the City Council recently gave the agreement unanimous approval.
Officials with the nonprofit organization said there are about 240 Miracle League organizations across the country and in Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia. The Miracle League serves more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities, providing custom fields to help them play baseball.
Council member Randy Gibbons said this is a good move for the city, which recently made a commitment to improving its parks.
“We’re constantly working to create an identity for our cities, and I believe we have that with our parks,” Gibbons said. “I believe this is a good idea and it’s at no cost to us.”
He said there aren’t many special-needs parks in Denton County, and this agreement will make Corinth a destination for parents who have children with special needs.
The organization estimates that more than 6,000 students could be impacted by its work.
Miracle League representative Valerie Johnson said the organization seeks to make every child who participates feel like part of a team.
She said that the rules of the Miracle League baseball game includes giving every player a turn at bat and providing “buddies” who help the players and cheer them on.
The Corinth organization has recently been given nonprofit status and is ready to begin fundraising efforts for the proposed field. To make a donation to the Miracle League of Corinth, e-mail president Greg Love at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The agreement with the city outlines the responsibilities of Corinth and the Miracle League regarding the use of Community Park field, maintenance obligations, construction, scheduling and revenue.
The agreement will be set for an initial term of 15 years with an additional 15-year renewal if agreed to by both parties.
Love told council members that opening day for the field is scheduled for March.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @Jdharden.
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Miracle League of Corinth: www.miracleleagueofcorinth.org